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Health and Social Care Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

You will have 6 lessons per fortnight for year one and then you will progress onto the second year of the course to gain the overall qualification of the Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care.

You will cover 3 units in the first year:

  • Unit 1 Building positive relationships (coursework unit)
  • Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and rights (examination unit)
  • Unit 3 Health, Safety and security (examination unit)

You will then cover a further 3 units in the second year:

Unit 4 Anatomy and physiology (examination unit)

Plus, a further 2 optional units

What coursework do I have to do in the first year?

Unit 1 - This unit aims to introduce you to the many different relationships that you will encounter within the health and social care sector; whether with colleagues, senior members of staff, other professionals within the sector or individuals who require care and support. By doing this unit you will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way, considering how different factors, including context, can impact on the building of positive relationships. You will also be introduced to the concept of the person-centred approach which will help with your relationship building skills.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at ‘C’ grade or above including English and Maths grade 5.


What’s in the exams in the first year?

 Unit 2 - This unit will help you to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support. You will also gain an appreciation of how legislation and national initiatives can support and promote anti-discriminatory practice.

Unit 3 - This unit introduces you to health, safety and security in health and social care. You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip you in maintaining a safe working environment for yourself, your colleagues and individuals who require care and support. You will learn how legislation, policies and procedures work to reduce risks in health and social care and the consequences of not following them. You will also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies with health and social care settings.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to careers such as nursing, teaching, midwifery, caring professions and doctors. Many of our students go on to study courses related to Health and Social Care at University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years