Health & Social Care

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

The qualifications will cover the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required by the Health and Social Care sectors, providing a broad basis for further and/or higher education or employment within the sectors.

What you will study

The qualifications will include the principles and theories of human growth and development.
Topics in the first year are likely to include:

  • factors that affect human growth and development
  • common illnesses, diseases and disorders, and how they may be prevented and controlled
  • provision of health and social care: adults, children's and young people's services
  • promoting quality care and communication
  • promoting good health.

During the second year learners will be able to broaden their study by choosing two topics from a number of optional units.

Topics likely to be included:

  • engagement strategies to support individuals in a range of care settings
  • understanding human behaviour – psychological theories
  • understanding mental health and well-being
  • promoting the rights of adults, children and young people

These qualifications will require an element of meaningful employer/sector engagement which could include a set work placement.

These qualifications will be assessed through a combination of two external written assessments and two non-exam assessments.
The qualification will also be accompanied by two out of four of the Welsh Baccalaureate skills challenges.

Learners completing the Level 3 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualification alongside other Level 3 qualifications, including GCE and/or WBQ could progress to higher education courses in areas including:

  • health
  • social care
  • early years
  • speech and language therapy
  • psychology
  • midwifery
  • occupational health

Learners who wish to progress to higher education may choose to take these qualifications alongside Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare thereby completing the equivalent of three A levels.

The qualifications could also lead to further education and training within the suite of Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications including:

  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People
  • Level 4 Health and Social Care with Specialism

NOTE: Learners studying Childcare or Health and Social Care courses should be aware that it is a requirement of the course that all learners working with children or in a care setting have to have a full enhanced disclosure DBS check.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A* - C including English Language and Maths. Or BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate or Diploma at Merit or above including GCSE English Language at grade A* - C and Maths at A* - C. Satisfactory DBS check and reference.

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessment

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.
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What our students say

I did look around colleges before deciding on where to go, but Cardiff and Vale College provided the course information that I wanted. We have done quite a lot of reports and case studies but also looked into how the human brains works, so we can understand many forms of disabilities, both mental and physical. From my time at CAVC I can say that the staff are very friendly, I’ve also made a lot of friends and just generally enjoyed my time here.

Lori Mamo
Health and Social Care Level 3 student

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