Health & Social Care
CTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (Year 1) to Extended Certificate (Year 2) – equivalent to an A level
  • Extended Certificate (Year 1) to Diploma (Year 2) – equivalent to two A levels
  • Foundation Diploma (Year 1) to Extended Diploma (Year 2) – equivalent to three A levels

Course Description

This course is ideally suited for those who want to pursue a rewarding career where they will be caring for, and supporting vulnerable individuals in a wide range of settings. It is an excellent preparation for you to learn the skills required to provide excellent standards of care to those who most need it in today’s society. This is a qualification which includes both health and social care based units to give you a broad subject knowledge. You will be assessed through a range of methods, including exams, essays, presentations, role play and practical work.

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

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.

Depending on the size of the qualification will depend on the units that you cover. Within this qualification you will be assessed both internally through coursework and externally through exams. You will be involved in primary and secondary research on a wide range of topics relevant to the care career sector. You will also undertake work placement in one or more local care settings. Some examples of units covered are:

  • Building positive relationships
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Health, Safety and security in H&SC
  • Safeguarding
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Supporting people with learning disabilities
  • Research methods in H&SC and childcare
  • Promote positive behaviour

The course is designed to be accessible to all learners, some of whom may have already successfully 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 skills throughout the course.

This course is a combination of coursework and examined units. Learners will be assessed through a wide range of methods, including practical assessments, role plays, presentations, essays, reports, timed assessments and externally assessed exams.

Students will encouraged to 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 First Aid, 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 working with children. Many students go on to study higher education in areas such as Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Social work or Health based degrees.

Students will be encouraged and supported to complete meaningful work placements during the year, to enhance and develop their skills by putting theory into practice in a real health, childcare or social care setting. Exams will take place in both January and May/June.