Health & Social Care
CTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (1 year, equivalent to an AS level)
  • Introductory Diploma (2 years, equivalent to an A level)
  • Diploma (2 years, equivalent to two A levels)
  • Extended Diploma (2 years, equivalent to three A levels)

Course Description

This is a coursework-based qualification, including both health and social care based units to give the student a broad subject knowledge. Students are assessed through a range of methods, including essays, presentations, role play and practical work.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements for this course/level.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

In the subsidiary diploma you will complete nine units of study, and in the second year a further nine units will be undertaken to complete the extended diploma. You will be involved in primary and secondary research on a wide range of topics relevant to the care careers sector. You will also undertake a work placement in one or more local care settings.

Some examples of units covered are: Effective Communication, Equality, Diversity and Rights, Health and Safety, Development Through the Life Stages, Anatomy and Physiology, Personal and Professional Development, Sociological Perspectives and Psychological Perspectives.

The course is designed to be accessible to all learners, some of whom may have already completed the level 2 Health and Social Care programme and some who may be taking on this subject for the first time. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in research, essay and report writing, reference writing and communication throughout the course.

This course 100% coursework-based. Learners will be assessed through a wide range of methods, including practicals, role plays, presentations, essays, reports and timed assessments.

Students will take part in the College E6 Programme which will complement their studies and give them opportunities to broaden their horizons. Students can choose between a wide range of options, including sport, work experience, CV writing and more.

This Health and Social Care course offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of career options. Most of our students go on to work with individuals in professions such as nursing and midwifery, social work and care work. Many students go on to study higher education in areas such as psychology, sociology, youth and community work and more.

Students will need to complete a placement – this usually takes place in February but dates will be confirmed at the start of the course.