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Health and Social Care (Diploma)


Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma 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 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. If you prefer to learn in a way that’s practical and work-related, then Cambridge Technicals are ideal. The great

thing about them is that they keep your options open – so if you’re not fully convinced that a vocational way of learning is right for you, Cambridge Technicals keeps the door open for a move to further higher education.


This course is equivalent to two A Levels; approx. 46% exam, 54% coursework).


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

Unit 1

Building positive relationships in health and social care (Coursework)

Unit 2

Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (External Exam)

Unit 3

Health, safety and security in health and social care (External Exam)

Unit 4

Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (External Exam)

Unit 5

Infection control (Coursework)

Unit 6

Personalisation and a person-centred approach to care (External Exam)

Unit 7

Safeguarding (External Exam)

Unit 8

Creativity and Activity for children and young people (Coursework)

Unit 10

Nutrition for Health (Coursework)

Unit 14

The long term impact of physiological conditions (Coursework)

Unit 15

Promoting health and well-being (Coursework)

Unit 12

Sexual health and reproduction and early years development (Coursework)

The grading system for the Cambridge Diploma-



*Please note these units are subject to change

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 Health and Social Care taster Days

Work experience in the Health and Social Care and Early Years sector

Opportunities to talk to professionals working in the Health, Social care and early Years sector

Opportunities to talk to students already studying medical degrees