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Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical Level 3 at Cleeve School

Course description

The course is studied as a single option and has replaced the AS and A2 course. It is at A Level standard, carrying the same amount of university entrance points as a standard A Level. It is a two year course.

It is a full range course, as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass carry
grades equal to A* - E.
The Cambridge Technical courses have a strong vocational content, so the minimum entry is 4 C grades at GCSE including either English or Maths. The course is comprised of 6 units, 4 of which are mandatory and 2 are optional units. Three of the units are assessed through external examination and the other three are assessed through tasks set and marked by your teachers which are then moderated by the examination board.

The unit “Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care” examines different methods of communication used by practitioners and requires students to participate in an assessed role play. The “Health, Safety and Security” unit examines how practitioners must behave and work within their settings to ensure the safety of both themselves and their clients. The “Anatomy & Physiology” unit requires students to study some of the major organ systems within the human body and to appreciate how these systems may be affected by disorders such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

The optional units will be chosen according to the expertise of your teacher and the best interests of the group. The most likely options are:
Public health
Supporting people with mental health conditions

You do not need to have studied GCSE or Level 2 Health & Social care to choose this course.

Course content

• Building Positive Relationships in Health & Social Care
• Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health & Social Care
• Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care
• Anatomy & Physiology in Health and Social Care
• Public Health
• Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved 4 C grades at GCSE level in 4 different subjects including English or Maths. If Health and Social Care has been studied at KS4 then students should have achieved a minimum of a Level 2 Pass or C grade at GCSE. If you have not studied Health & Social Care in KS4 then a grade 4 in GCSE English should have been achieved.


Two types of assessment are used:
Written exams set and marked by the exam board (approx. 58%)
Assignments set and marked by the teachers (approx. 42%)

Future opportunities

This course suits students who have an interest in the welfare of individuals and issues related to health. You don’t need to consider a career in Health & Social Care to enjoy this course, although many of our students go on to become teachers, nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and carers of young children.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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