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Cambridge Technicals in Health & Social Care at Priestley College

Course description

This course has been designed to provide knowledge and understanding of this vocational area. It is an ideal qualification for those students who want a broad background in health and social care, which will allow you to progress further into Higher Education or training. In order to provide maximum flexibility you can study this subject as an Extended Certificate

(1 block), Diploma (2 block) or Extended Diploma.

The Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma (can be

studied alone) combine well with almost all AS and A Level subjects. For example, taken with a science A Level it supports applications for a degree in radiography, nursing or midwifery, or with other A Levels it can support applications for teacher training and social work.

Course content

Units on the Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care course include nutrition, anatomy and physiology, equality, mental health, positive relationships in care and infection control.

Entry requirements

You do not require any specific qualifications to take this subject, although a good grasp of English, Maths and Science will be beneficial. A sound understanding of human physiology is strongly recommended for this course. Depending on your future plans you will be advised that some subjects will be essential to ensure progression in your chosen career/degree.


The Extended Certificate, Diploma, and Extended Diploma are all assessed through a combination of coursework and written examination. The amount of units, exams and coursework is indicated in the previous table. Student must pass all units to pass the course.

Future opportunities

Many of our students select to study Health and Social Care because they have a clear idea of their chosen profession, e.g. nursing, midwifery, social work, paramedical services, social work, counsellor, physio and occupational therapy etc. However, many of our students are unsure when they start their studies with us and wish to gain vital knowledge and experience.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities which will include Health and Social Care University Applications and preparation for interviews. You will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of trips and visits. There are many applied learning experiences both within College and in local care organisations to develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and experience. Finally you will be provided with the opportunity for work experience, which play a vital role in embedding knowledge and well as supporting future university/job applications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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