16-18 Year Olds


This is a vocational programme which will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding essential to the health and social care sector, supporting progression to further learning or the workplace.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following (subject to awarding body conditions):

• 4 GCSEs at grade D or above including English or Maths at grade 3 or higher, or prior achievement at level 1.
Subject to awarding body conditions

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study five mandatory units and two optional units. As well as classroom delivery, you will also undertake placement in a real work environment with a requirement of 50 hours.

Mandatory units include:
• Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
• Human growth and development
• Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
• Communication in health and social care
• Working in health and social care

Optional units may include:
• Anatomy and physiology of health and social care
• Creative activities in health and social care
• Mental health and well-being
• End of life care

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skill in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


All units are internally assessed using a externally set assignment. Each unit is graded A* – D and then an overall grade of A* – D is awarded on completion.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Awarding body



On successful completion of this course you may wish:

• To apply to study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Alternatively, you could progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:

• Care support workers in adult residential settings
• Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
• Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
• Community based support workers

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2020

End date: 26/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 34

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