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Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is a subject that requires empathy and brings out the best in our students, they engage in real life situations and learn the importance of respecting all as individuals. Students reflect on their own experiences as well as the experiences of others to understand the importance of giving care that is effective whilst protecting the safety and choices of an individual.

Through studying the Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care students will examine why people need care services (ill health, sports injury, pregnancy), what services are available to them and the professionals that work in these services. They will learn about the legislation that protects service users and the importance of this in everyday life.

The course is industry related and geared towards preparing students to work within the sector. The projects included in the course are designed to appeal to both male and female students.  The variety of tasks makes the course suitable for a broad range of learning styles. Through controlled assessment students will complete a variety of research and practical tasks, for example planning and taking part in effective group and one-to-one communication.

The skills gained include logical problem-solving, communication, evaluation, investigation, organisation and time management, all of which are useful and beneficial to any future job opportunities. 


Students are assessed continually throughout the course following completion of 4 units which are worth 25% of the final grade. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction overall.

1)      Written exam - essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings, worth 60 marks (25%)

2)      Controlled assessment unit - communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings, worth 60 marks (25%)

3)      Controlled assessment unit - worth 60 marks (25%)

4)      Controlled assessment unit - worth 60 marks (25%)

BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care

The BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care course is designed to prepare students to work in Health and Social Care/ NHS careers in a professional capacity.

The course covers a range of topics such as working in health care services, supporting individuals with different needs, physiological disorders, nutritional health and human development, which students complete as part of their Post 16 studies. Students are assessed continually throughout the course following completion of units.

The students will complete eight units in total, five units which are assessed internally using the criteria laid down by the examining board and the other three units which are assessed by external examinations.


Exam board: Edexcel

Final Qualification: A final grade is calculated by Edexcel based on points available for each unit.


Nursing (Diploma or Degree). All branches (adults, sick children, mental health, midwifery and learning disabilities). Students can also progress on to other health related degree courses i.e. radiography, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health studies, health promotion etc. A variety of health care settings will employ Level 3 qualified individuals; these include hospitals, clinics, residential homes and a variety of voluntary agencies. 

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