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Health & Social Care (Health Sciences): Level 3 at Suffolk New College

Course description

On this study programme, you are taught by experienced health professionals, who will pass on their knowledge and expertise in the field to you. You also have the opportunity to gain excellent experience by taking part in a range of placements, which will help you decide on your next steps to achieving your career aim, including access to Higher Education. We are very pleased to inform you that we have an ‘accord’ (agreed relationships) with University of Suffolk that if you get your required grade you will be guaranteed an interview. UCAS success has been very strong this year.  

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or Maths or both will need to study an English or/and Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.bsp;

Course content

This study programme provides the underpinning knowledge and vocational skills needed to be effective in a wide range of health & social care settings. Units you will study include: Working in Health & SC, Human Lifespan Development, Anatomy & Physiology, Research, Principles of Safe Practice & Meeting Individual Care Needs. You will be expected to successfully complete two work placements in the first year and take part in visits to a range of services in the local area, putting into practice what you have learnt on the course. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including: 3 external written exams, projects, observations, leaflets, presentations, timed assessments and written reports. You will also undertake English and Maths at the appropriate level to support future progression opportunities, depending on grades on entry.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English Language and Science or a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care at merit level or related area with level 2 Functional Skills English and GCSE Science.

Students must have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and provide evidence of registration with the Update Service.

Financial information

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

£23 for textbook and £14 polo shirt, £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment with £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card (based on 2016-17 costs and may be subject to change) p;

Future opportunities

Students who complete this course may progress on to Higher Education. Last year the majority of students progressed into Universities such as University of Suffolk, UEA; full time employment or part-time employment. From this course students may progress into HE study professions such as Children’s Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography or Paramedics and can also lead to degrees in subjects such as Bio-medical Science, Forensic Psychology and Physiology.

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382738 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: SHS43F1
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