Health & Social Care

L3 Level 3
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

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.

This is the first year of a 2 year course and includes the Welsh Bacc.

What you will study

This qualification allows learners to explore different elements on the health and Social care sector. Incorporating the principles and contexts of health and social care with psychological and biological aspects.

The second year of the course continues to study these elements on more detail so learners have a number of options for future careers or study in HE. The qualification will also be accompanied by the Welsh Baccalaureate skills challenge.

Attached to the course is a requirement to complete a minimum of 50 hours work placement within a relevant setting.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A* to C. C in English Language, C in Maths (numeracy not accepted).

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.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • 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

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Psychology


Bilingual Learning
What our students say

"The tutors are very supportive and understanding. I'm hoping to progress on to being a qualified teaching assistant."

Grace McDonald
Current Level 2 Childcare student.

Career prospects & further study


Currently, there are almost 103,500 people employed within this sector in the Cardiff Capital Region, with employment numbers expected to reach 105,000 by 2027 (Lightcast 2022).

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

  • health
  • social care
  • 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


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE