I am really enjoying Health and Social Care because the subject is varied in nature and is preparing me for a career in the health and social care sector. The
course complements my other academic courses, as I am able to cross-reference my knowledge and skills in the areas of the psychology of mental health and research methods.

Hafsha Khan

Hafsha Khan

Course Description

This course is ideal for students who want to pursue a career within the Health & Social Care field. It will provide students with a breadth of knowledge, as they develop an insight into the factors that affect the way organisations are managed, and the roles and responsibilities of professionals working within a range of health and social care settings. Learners will examine a range of theoretical perspectives which underpin current practice, whilst exploring the factors that have shaped public health, both historically and in the present day. The Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels and consists of twelve units over a two year period.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4)
in this subject.

Course Content

Year 1:
Unit 1 – Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care (coursework unit)

This unit covers the factors that can impact the way in which positive and professional environments are developed, particularly focusing on how communication skills can build a person centred approach. This will enable students to understand the importance of building good relationships with service providers and users.

Unit 2 – Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care (examined unit)
This unit focuses on the principles and practicalities that underpin everyday work within the Health and Social Care field. Students will be able to develop their knowledge of the impact of a range of legislation in widening access for different social groups, alongside the importance of promoting individual rights.

Unit 3 – Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care (examined unit)
This unit enables students to develop a deeper understanding of how safety and security is promoted within organisations through the use of policies and procedures.

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (examined unit)
This unit explores the systems of the human body and the role each system plays in ensuring the body is functioning effectively. It will allow students to enhance their knowledge of the effects of various illnesses on an individual’s health. This includes the physical, intellectual, emotional and social implications, alongside focusing on the signs, symptoms and causes of the illnesses.

Unit 13 – Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages (coursework unit)
This unit will allow students to study the various sexually transmitted illnesses, the factors affecting the reproductive system and the stages an individual goes through during and post-pregnancy.

Unit 24 – Public Health (coursework unit)
This unit focuses on the issues within society surrounding the health of the public and analyses how effective government responses have been in tackling inequalities. It will also enable students to explore the needs of the society based on geographical location.

Year 2:
Unit 5 – Infection Control (coursework unit)
This unit focuses on how practitioners can ensure that organisations promote safety and hygiene within their practice so that infections are controlled and prevented. By studying this unit, students will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the causes and prevention of infection.

Unit 6 – Personalisation and a person centred approach to care (examined unit)
This unit explores the use of the welfare state to support individuals who are unable to access their basic needs. The role of authority and legislation will play a vital role in shaping the effectiveness of this personalisation for each individual.

Unit 7 – Safeguarding (examined unit)
The focus of this unit is on the issue of abuse, in which students will learn about the varying definitions and types of abuse and the ways in which organisations prevent it from occurring. Legislation protecting service users’ rights will be studied in detail.

Unit 12 – Promote positive behaviour (coursework unit)
This unit will introduce students to ways in which practitioners can promote positive behaviour and manage and support people whose behaviour is considered to be challenging. Students will see the impact of the way care and support are delivered, the environment and other factors on behaviour and how to manage these to promote positive behaviour.

Unit 17 – Supporting people with mental health conditions (coursework unit)
This unit allows students to explore the causes, treatments, methods of support and impacts of mental health issues on an individual’s everyday life.

Unit 18 – Caring for older people (coursework unit)
This unit allows students to consider the care and support offered to older people that is suitable to their needs by developing an understanding of the ageing process and the role of health and social care workers in supporting older people. Students will be introduced to a range of policies and legislation that guide practitioners who work with older people.



Year 1:
3 exams:
3 internally assessed coursework units: 20%

Year 2:
2 exams:
4 internally assessed coursework units: 35%

All units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. The final qualification is graded P, M, D, D*.

Future Opportunities

Completion of this qualification will enable students to progress onto a career within Health & Social Care, via higher education or entry level employment such as apprenticeships.
This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2–year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of courses in the health and social care sector. It can be taken alongside A Levels in Biology, Psychology or History that can lead to various career paths within this field such as Primary Education.
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

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