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Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical Level 3 at Cleeve School

Course description

The course is studied as a triple option. It is at A Level standard, carrying the same amount of University Entrance Points as 3 A Levels. It is a two year course.

It is a full range course, as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit and Pass carry grades equal to A* - E.

The Cambridge Technical courses have a strong vocational content, so the minimum entry is 4 C grades at GCSE including either English or Maths. As work experience will be part of this course, this is likely to be your only subject choice. However, it is possible to follow one other A Level course alongside the diploma, if you think that you may want to take this option, please discuss this with Mrs Jenkins.

The course covers a wide range of units some are mandatory units such as Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care which examines different methods of communication used by practitioners and requires students to participate in an assessed role play. The Health, Safety and Security unit examines how practitioners must behave and work within their settings to ensure the safety of both themselves and their clients. The Anatomy & Physiology unit requires students to study some of the major organ systems within the human body and to appreciate how these systems may be affected by disorders such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

There are also a wide range of optional units to choose from and the exact units studied depends upon both the expertise of the teachers involved and the interests of the students. We always cover a broad range of units so that students gain a wide understanding and are well prepared for academic studies at University.
The most likely optional units are: Supporting people with learning difficulties, The impact of long-term physiological conditions, Caring for older people, Creativity and activity for adults, Psychology for Health and Social Care, Supporting people with mental health conditions,

Course content

Building positive relationships in Health & Social Care
Equality, diversity and rights in Health & Social Care
Health, safety and security in Health & Social Care
Anatomy & physiology in Health and Social Care
Supporting people with mental health conditions
Psychology for Health & Social care
Creativity and activity for adults
Supporting people with dementia
Caring for older people
Supporting people with learning difficulties

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved 4 C grades at GCSE level in 4 different subjects including English or Maths. If Health and Social Care has been studied at KS4 then students should have achieved a minimum of a Level 2 Pass or C grade at GCSE. If you have not studied Health & Social Care in KS4 then a grade 4 in GCSE English should have been achieved.


Several types of assessment are used:
• Written exams set and marked by the exam board
• Assignments set and marked by the teachers
• Assignments set by the exam board and marked by the teachers.
• Compulsory research unit
• (approximately 16%)

Future opportunities

Most of the students who complete this course then go on to further education or training to become teachers, nurses, social workers and carers of young children.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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