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Health and Social Care Pathway at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This course is for students aiming for a career health and social care by giving them a recognised qualification to help them gain entry to university. The course will provide subject knowledge and help to develop confidence and study skills to help them progress towards further career possibilities. The Access to Higher Education Health and Social Care Diploma is especially designed for adults who have had a break from studying and is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels.

Course content

The Access to Health and Social Care course offers you the opportunity to study and gain a critical understanding of a wide range of subjects that are important in a care-based profession. All students study sociology and psychology and, depending on your chosen career path, there are opportunities to specialise in biology or social work skills.

Alongside your main academic subjects, you will receive training in important study skills, such as revision skills, exam techniques, ICT and essay writing.

Entry requirements

Due to the professional nature of this pathway, applicants should have at least three months' relevant work experience. Additionally, you will need to have achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above in both Maths and English. An interview is also required, at which your suitability will be assessed through discussion and screening tests. These will help us understand how we can best support you as you attend the course.


Assessment is continuous, and consists of coursework, portfolio building and regular one-to-one time with a personal tutor.

Future opportunities

Applicants who successfully pass the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care can progress onto a range of health and social care related courses at university, including foundation and undergraduate degrees. Within healthcare, past students have progressed onto courses such as adult, children, mental health and learning disabilities nursing, as well as midwifery, occupational therapy and paramedical sciences. Alternatively, somestudents have also progressed onto social work degrees or related disciplines, such as social policy and sociology.

A range of careers within the Health and Social Care sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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