Why Study Health and Social Care?

This course will provide you with transferable knowledge and skills that prepare you for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include: the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically, to be able to give presentations and be active group members. This course will enable
you to benefit from opportunities for deep learning where you are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.

Topics that you will study include Anatomy and Physiology, Equality, Diversity and Rights, Research Methods, Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages, Safeguarding, Promoting Health and Wellbeing.

You will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses. You will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that you can ensure the people
you are working with are not only able to access all the care and support they are entitled to, but are also able to protect themselves from any harm or abuse.

Why Study Health and Social Care at Worcester Sixth Form College?

There are variety of ways of studying Health and Social Care at College and you can choose which course is best for you. You can study Health and Social Care Level 3 with A Levels or complete the larger qualification and this will be all you study alongside completing week long placements in Health and Social Care sectors across the course.

Learners will develop a better understanding of the demands of this sector to demonstrate their commitment and interest when applying for further study. Learners are required to undertake work experience as part of the course. This will provide you with a vocational context in which you can develop the knowledge and skills required for your chosen career path.

Students are encouraged to take up volunteering in the Health and Social Care Sector to complement their formal studies. Trips to local health and social are settings, completing the Aspiring Nursing and Midwifery Programme and signing up to complete the Nursing Enrichment programme at College. We have many visiting speakers from all sectors including a Sexual Health Nurse, Social Worker, Health
Watch, SEN, Safeguarding, Team Manager for LD Provide Day Services, Provider Services Manager to name but a few!

Harvey Taylor

Harvey Taylor

Health & Social Care
I took Health and Social Care because I wanted to take a universal subject which covers a wide range of possible careers. Also, one of my career goals is to do something in the NHS. I also study Business and Travel and Tourism, which do vary from Health and Social Care. As I have progressed through the course; I have found it to be thought-provoking while being fun and interactive at the same time. The course is often taught through multiple teachers, covering different units, such as Anatomy and Physiology and Public Health. All the teachers I have had show incredible passion and enthusiasm for their different areas in the subjects, often using their own experience in health and social care to improve your quality of learning, whether this is experience in nursing, midwifery, or working for social services. The aspect of the course I enjoy studying the most is Anatomy and Physiology as it goes over the many workings of the human body and shows how amazing it really is. The teachers will go above and beyond to make your learning as enjoyable and useful as possible, offering plenty of catchup sessions for students to make the most of. There is also the chance to attend other sessions which cover practical aspects of Health and Social Care, such as the Clinical Skills Workshop that I would highly recommend! One reason to study Health and Social Care is that it will open many paths for you, whether this is studying Nursing in University or starting an Apprenticeship as a Paramedic. Another reason is because The Health and Social Care sector is one of the largest sectors in the UK, with the NHS having over 350 different careers to choose from.

Progression Opportunities

This qualification is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, e.g. Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy etc.

Many of our students follow the Health route of the subject and a high proportion of our students gain entry onto Nursing (Adult and Paediatric) and Paramedic Science courses at University. Students that follow other avenues include Social Work and Teaching.

Entry Requirements

Essential Qualifications Other Desirable Qualifications / Combinations Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Please see ‘General Course Entry Requirements’GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above, otherwise will be added to your programme of study.Basic IT Skills, ability to communicate with different people whilst on placement and with your peers and staff in College. Good organisational skills and must meet strict coursework deadlines. Use of initiative to work independently and as a team.DBS £47.80 Placement Insurance Check £20 Polo Shirts £10 Trips - variable

Qualification Levels & Enrolment Options

Qualification Name A Level Equivalence Duration Awarding Body
Extended Certificate1 A Level (1 Block)1 yearOCR Cambridge Technicals
Foundation Diploma1½ A Levels (3 Blocks1 yearOCR Cambridge Technicals
Extended Diploma3 A Levels (3 Blocks)1 year (studied after successful completion of Foundation Diploma)OCR Cambridge Technicals

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