Health and Social Care is equipping me with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective health or social care practitioner in a range of settings. As part
of the course I have explored a number of themes including effective communication, the treatment and management of different health conditions, educating children and young people and the different barriers faced by individuals who encounter challenges in their lives. The rigour of the programme also enables me to develop my organisation, time management and planning skills, which I am able to apply to various aspects of my academic and personal life.

Shano Korshed

Shano Korshed

Course Description

This qualification will provide students with a broad overview of the Health & Social Care sector as they develop a deeper insight into the factors that affect individuals throughout their life, the roles and responsibilities of those working in this field, and the ways in which high quality care is provided. This Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and consists of six 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 they would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in that 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. This will be internally assessed.

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 legislation in widening access for different social groups in society. This unit also addresses the importance of promoting individual rights when working with clients. This will be externally assessed.

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

Year 2:
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. This will be externally assessed.

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. This will be internally assessed.

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


Year 1:
2 exams: 35%
1 internally assessed coursework unit: 15%

Year 2:
1 exam: 25%
2 internally assessed coursework units: 25%

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 further study at level 3, higher education or training in H&SC, or a related field. Opportunities to undertake work experience will also be available for students.

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 such as Biology, Psychology or Sociology 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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