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Health & Social Care (Extended Certificate)

Sixth Form Subjects

This qualification is the equivalent of an A level. This course focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow students to progress onto Higher Education on a health and social care-related programme such as Health Studies, Social Care Services, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Teaching or Early Childhood Studies.

Students will learn by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding in tasks or activities that are relevant to what happens in health, social care and childcare workplaces. Students will also learn how to be proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting individuals within the sector. The course is a combination of coursework and examinations.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Subject Specific Requirements

Students must have achieved a Grade 4 in Science at GCSE.
Students will need to take part in a regular work experience/ volunteering opportunities. This will be discussed with you when you start the course.

What will I do?

The units you will study are:


•    Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care;
•    Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care;
•    Nutrition for Health;
•    Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care;
•    Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care;
•    Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages.

Three units will be coursework based. representing 40% of the total qualification.  

•    Unit 1: Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care;
•    Unit 10: Nutrition for Health;
•    Unit 13: Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages.

There are also three externally assessed units, which represents approximately 60% of the total qualification.

•    Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care;
•    Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care;
•    Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.

What Careers Would This be Suitable for?

The course would lend itself to careers in the following areas:

  • Primary or Secondary Education;
  • Nursing – Adult, Children, Disability or Mental Health;
  • Midwifery;
  • Occupational Health;
  • Sports Physiotherapy;
  • Nutritionist;
  • Health Promotion.

Where can I find out more?

Last updated on November 07, 2018