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Health and Social Care Level 3 at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

An understanding of Health, Social care and Early Years is useful to ALL of us whatever career we choose.

Health and Social care has been taught for many years but this is a relatively new course.

The subject is popular and successful at PACA’s Sixth Form.

Most students overachieve when matched with predicted grades.

What skills will I gain from studying Health and Social Care?

  • A broad understanding of working within the health, social care and early years services.
  • Independent study skills – researching and producing portfolios of evidence
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Confidence to discuss factors affecting life events.

Course content

Some topics are compulsory however we will opt from the list below:

Some topics are compulsory for certain levels (especially the full diploma) however we will opt from the list below:

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care (compulsory for all levels)
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Development through the life stages
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives for health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development in health and social care
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Safeguarding adults and promoting independence
  • Physiology of fluid balance
  • Promoting health education
  • Nutrition for health and social care
  • Human inheritance
  • Caring for older people
  • Creative activities for young children
  • Physiology of coordination

Entry requirements

Writing answers to complete portfolios forms a key part of the course and a minimum grade of C in English Language GCSE is expected. The ability to work to deadlines is important.

4/5 GCSEs-grades A-C

You will need to have a genuine interest in finding out about working in the health, social care and early years services.


There are different sized qualifications based on the number of units/credits achieved:

30 Credits –     portfolio based work = Certificate

60 Credits –     portfolio based work = Introductory Diploma

90 Credits –     portfolio based work = Subsidiary Diploma

120 Credits –   portfolio based work = Diploma

There are NO written exams. All assessments are made based on your portfolios.

The grades achieved are Pass, Merit or Distinction and Distinction*

Future opportunities

The Health and Social Care course has been designed to provide a broad education as a foundation both for work based training and higher education. Candidates develop the general skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin a range of medical and care professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portslade Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September