Health & Social Care
We offer two study routes in Health & Social Care:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care by CACHE
This health and social care course provides you with an opportunity to study many different topics and current areas to prepare you for your future career aspirations. Last year we had and outstanding 94% of all students complete course with an A-A* grade and secure a place at universities, apprenticeships and directly into the workforce. Providing you with the equivalent of three A levels in a combination of coursework, 2 controlled assessments and only one exam it’s an excellent option!
Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care by OCR
This health and social care course provides you with one A level equivalent by studying 6 different key topics. The course offers you an opportunity to choose other A levels that interest you alongside health and social care to balance you options. We complete 50% of the course by in class assessed coursework and 50% of the course by exams.
Both courses allow you to also join the Medical, Health and Social Care Academy too, in order to gain even more experience, understanding and support towards your future
Frequently asked questions
Why take Health and Social Care? What careers could it help lead to?
Health and Social Care gives you a really strong foundation to understand key topics such and equality, diversity and rights as well as health a safety. All of our teachers provide you with individualised support to ensure that you have the best experience in college and you come out with the best possible outcomes both personally and academically.
Many students take health and social care because they want to go into a career in the NHS like nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedic science, mental health or social work. But students also take health and social care because they want to go into teaching, early years, nursery nurse, and go directly into the work force like becoming a carer.
Students graduate these courses with a strong foundation to apply to university degrees or apprenticeships and we help you along the way to help you figure out what you want to do with your future.
What are lessons like on the course?
All of our lessons use lots of different styles of learning and different ways to learn the curriculum. This means that you will get a wide range of experiences in college. We always try are relate things to up to date and current affairs or topics. This means that we can relate what we have to learn for the exam boards to what we experience in real life.
Do I have to do work placement on the CACHE course?
Yes, a work placement is a course requirement. Over the two years you’d be required to do 175 hours of placement. This is usually spread across areas that you are interested in, your career ambitions as well as spreading across different areas to help you gain experiences that you may not have considered in different life stages. You would have one day a week on your timetable which would become dedicated to work placements for you.
Do I have to take a written exam on the CACHE course?
There is only 1 exam in this course which is written in Year 13. The rest of your assessment for the course is coursework based, except for two controlled assessments. This means that you have to answer a question provided by the exam board, but you get all of your notes as well as access to the internet and books to support you with it.
Do I have to do work placement on the OCR course?
This is no work placement for this course as it is a single A level. However by joining the MHSC Academy you have the ability to gain extra work experience and training to support you and your career ambitions.
Do I have to write an exam in the OCR course?
50% of this course is based on coursework completed in school, and 50% of this course is assess by exams.
There are two exams in Year 12, alongside one unit of coursework. In Year 13 there is only one exam, and two units of coursework.