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Health and Social Care OCR Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Hertford Regional College

Course description

This course is part of the OCR Cambridge Technical suite of qualifications. The Subsidiary Diploma and the Extended Diploma are two separate one year courses. Students who successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma can apply to progress in the following year to the Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

This course will prepare you for progression into health and social care careers such as nursing, midwifery, social work and other Health Service professions. You will spend one day a week gaining practical experience. This course will also prepare you for a Foundation Degree or University

Course content

The qualification is made up of the following core and specialist units:


Subsidiary Diploma:

Core Units

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Personal, Professional Development

Specialist Units

  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence

Extended Diploma:

Core Units

  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives

Specialist Units

  • Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care
  • Physiological disorders
  • Dementia Care
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People


Our placement coordinators organise appropriate student work placements.  Students will need to be able to make the travel arrangements necessary for them to attend these.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 200 GCSE entry points. Alternatively you may have an Intermediate GNVQ or First Extended Diploma at Distinction. Qualifications must include GCSE Maths and English and Science at grade C or above for those wanting to go into NHS careers. 
  • A successful HRC Disclosure and Barring Service check is required.
  • You must demonstrate suitability to work with children and adults, show empathy and a keen interest in working with and helping others, along with good communication and interpersonal skills. You must also demonstrate the professional qualities associated with Health and Social Care Practitioners.


The course is achieved through continuous assessment. Methods of assessment vary to suit the Unit being undertaken at the time. Students are also assessed on their performance in the workplace. Some units may be assessed by an end of unit exam (tbc by awarding body).

Financial information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2016. If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2016, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last three years, and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay £1500 tuition fee (this was the fee for 2015/16 and could be subject to change for 2016/17). However, fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £1500 tuition fee (this was the fee for 2015/16 and could be subject to change for 2016/17). You will be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee, materials fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable. For these costs please contact our Information Centre.



Future opportunities

Progress to Higher Education in order to study a wide range of subjects at degree level, including the vocational areas of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Health and Social Care Services, Primary Education, Psychology, Counselling, Parademic Services, Radiography, Diagnostic Imaging and Occupational Therapy.

Progress to employment in a supporting role as an assistant practitioner in a range of Health and Social Care related fields including Residential Social Work, Community Care, Housing Services, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Pharmaceutical Sevices.

Further information

Additional Activities 

You can, depending on prior achievement resit Science GCSE (evening class).

You will have the chance to take part in additional activities, for example, trips, visits, fund-raising activities, careers events, all relating to the vocational area of study.

What will I need? 

The course fees (excluding tuition) for 2015/2016 were approximately £160.00. This amount includes some trips, a course text book, placement polo shirt and a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate.

Other costs are: Travel costs to placement and any additional books.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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    • Buses: a regular bus service connects Cheshunt and Broxbourne rail stations to the campus.

      Additional buses run to the College including:

      C2/C3 from Harlow                       approx 30 minutes
      310/311 from Waltham Cross      approx 17 minutes
      310/311 from Hertford                  approx 40 minutes

      Trains: The National Express East Anglia Service provides services from Broxbourne and Cheshunt stations to London Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale, Waltham Cross, Enfield Lock, Harlow, Sawbridgeworth, Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted. 

      Example journey times:
      London Liverpool Street – Cheshunt – 20 minutes
      Stansted Mountfitchet – Broxbourne – 24 minutes

      Parking: There are limited car parking spaces on site.