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Health and Social Care (Extended Certificate)


Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate-Health and Social Care

Entry Criteria

4 GCSE’s 9-4 grade including English and Maths grade 4 or above.

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Course Overview




A 2 year course where Students will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills. This course will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to progress onto Higher Education on a health and social care-related programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies. Learners will learn by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to what happens in health, social care and child care workplaces.



This will allow them to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people they are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst they maintain control of their own care and support.


Students 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.


Students will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that they can ensure the people they 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 whilst at work.


The Extended Certificate

(equivalent to one A Level; approx. 60% exam, 40% coursework)

Over the two years’ students will study the following mandatory units:

  • Building positive relationships for health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights for health and social care
  • Health, safety and security for health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care*

This challenging unit is specifically designed to prepare aspiring nurses, paramedics and other clinicians for the demands of degree level health courses.


Students will also study two optional units in-

  • Nutrition for health
  • Infection control


*Please note these units are subject to change. 

The grading system for the Extended Certificate-


Career Pathways

Employment and progression routes for health and social care students are numerous as the Health and Social Care sector is a growing and diverse sector with many opportunities across, social care, mental health and early years. 


Students who study Health and Social Care can go on to work in childcare, teaching, nursing, midwifery, community work, counselling, occupational therapy, criminology, social work, palliative care, and care for the elderly. Students can also go onto careers such as community development work, counselling or mental health or youth work.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Visit to University for HSC taster Days

Work experience in the HSC sector