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Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3EHS (2022)
  • Who is it for?

    The health and social care sector is a major employer in the UK and many of those are highly skilled. This course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to be occupationally ready to take up employment in the sector. Alternatively, successful completion of this course will enable progression to higher education courses in university such as nursing (including adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health nursing, and learning disabilities nursing), midwifery, paramedic science, social work, or primary teaching with QTS.

    It may be possible to study A Level Biology or the Extended Project Qualification alongside this course. Please ask at interview stage.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will be 16 years old or above and you will have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 4 and above in academic subjects including English and Maths, or a BTEC level 2 Diploma plus Functional Skills at level 2.

    All applicants require a clear enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).

    The College is a registered body under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will enable students to apply for a Disclosure check. If you are applying for a place you need to be willing to discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings prior to enrolling on the course. This will allow us to provide you with appropriate information, advice and guidance on an individual basis.

  • What does the course involve?

    It is a two year course that involves both theory and practice. You will be required to attend 200 hours of work placement in a variety of settings. You will also be required to attend college for theory sessions, where you will cover 18 units such as: Effective Communication; Equality, Diversity and Rights; Health, Safety and Security; Development Through The Life Stages; Anatomy and Physiology; Personal and Professional Development; Sociological Perspectives; Psychological Perspectives.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include coursework, oral questioning, presentations or practical activities. You will also be required to maintain a Personal and Professional Development portfolio.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Nicole Milner

Nicole Milner

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
Previous school: Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury

I want to become a paramedic and the work placements you do on this course have helped me get my foot in the door and start on my way to my dream career. I especially enjoy learning the psychological side of Health & Social Care.

Rhona Darling

Rhona Darling

Health & Social Care BTEC
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury

Currently, I am a student midwife at De Montfort University in Leicester. Being able to study Health and Social Care and A Level Biology helped me prepare for university and provided me with the vocational skills and experiences, together with the academic ability, which gave me a significant advantage in an extremely competitive course and profession. It was the best decision I made choosing these courses.

Gareth Matthews

Gareth Matthews

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
Previous Institution: William Brookes School

The College’s partnership with The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is an amazing opportunity for students. I have just started as a Health Care Assistant at Shrewsbury Hospital and other students will now have the advice and guidance to help them get experience and jobs in the NHS too.

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This course is linked to roles within the NHS.

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Career Options

  • Senior care workers

    Up to £23,000

  • Care workers and home carers

    Up to £22,000


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