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Health and Social Care Level 3


This course is an excellent opportunity for you to explore the wide range of health and social care issues, whilst developing the skills needed to work in the health and social care sector. You will produce a professional development portfolio as part of the course linked to the workplace practice. This can take place in a variety of settings and you will need to undergo a police check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) and have no previous convictions. In year one learners may also achieve the 90 credit diploma.


This course will help you to understand the range of settings in which social care takes place and the different roles and types of work available within the healthcare system.

Health and Social Care is one of the largest sectors in the UK, serving over 2.3 million adults and employing over 1.8 million people. On this course you will study the universal principles of care that are relevant to a wide range of rewarding careers, including social workers, nurses, health visitors, carers and paramedics. You will develop a detailed understanding of the communication skills and safeguarding procedures necessary to work safely and professionally within the social care system.

You will learn through a mixture of classroom based teaching and practical hands-on sessions using a variety of teaching methods. You will be encouraged and supported to work alongside peers in group activities and at times also be expected to work independently to complete assignment work that has been set.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progres onto Higher level qualifications such as Foundation Degrees, HNDs/HNCs or Honours Degree programmes in related sectors.

You could apply for a range of university courses including social work, nursing or midwifery, psychology, occupational therapy and social policy. You can also use your qualification to go straight into employment.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400