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Health & Social Care Level 3

Course Overview

This Health and Social Care Course is designed to provide students with an overview of the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to work in health and social care in today’s demanding environment. 

The OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care is a two-year course that will give you the opportunity to gain an excellent introduction to a future career in this rewarding sector. You will study a range of modules covering topics such as equality, diversity, and rights, building positive relationships, and anatomy and physiology. 

You will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to support your learning and either progress onto university or pursue an apprenticeship or employment in a variety of health, social and child care settings, whilst building transferable skills such as independent research and interpersonal skills.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

  • Equality, diversity, and rights 
  • Health safety and security 
  • Building positive relationships 

Year 2 Components

  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Sexual health, reproduction, and early development 
  • Public health 

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including:

  • GCSE grade 4 in English Language or Literature 
  • And GCSE grade 4 in Science (or Biology if triple science was taken) 


  • 45% Exam
  • 55% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR


Subject Lead

Ms J Huggins

Why Choose this course?

The NHS is the largest employer in the UK with over 1.3 million staff in England alone, the field of health and social care presents a wealth of rewarding career opportunities. Studying Health and Social Care, will give you the opportunity to gain a clear insight into possible future careers in this sector, including, social work, counselling, nursing, occupational therapy, primary school teaching as well other related professions. This course will introduce you to careers where you will positively impact individuals' lives and contribute significantly to the well-being of both individuals and communities at large.

Skills You Gain

You will be encouraged to be an independent learner with research tasks and group work being regularly set. You will undertake written assessments designed to test your critical thinking skills and encourage you to analyse situations and cultivate a mindset that is open and non-judgmental.  You will develop skills such as communication, research, planning and organisation.

After Northgate 

You will gain invaluable insights into the broader context of care provision across a diverse range of environments, enabling you to make informed choices about your future. 


Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123