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Health & Social Care Level 3

Health & Social Care Level 3

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pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 02/09/2024

This course supports learners to gain an understanding of the careers available in Health & Social Care. The course makes excellent links to vocational practice and is taught by staff who used to work in the sector themselves. The core values of Health & Social Care are covered throughout the programme along with embedded information on communication in in the sector. The courses theoretical units are taught in College for 3 days each week and practical sessions are completed one day per week on placement. On the other weekday not spent at College or on placement, learners are expected to complete home study including revision, assignments and research tasks.

Learners will complete the National Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1 ½ A-Levels) in Year 1, and if the first year has been successful, they will move onto the National Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels) in Year 2.

Course Overview

Our Health & Social Care Level 3 course includes many different course activities including guest speaker visits, external trips, projects and events. These activities provide our learners with a good understanding of the Health & Social Care industry, the local community and the career options available to them. Some of the activities may include:


  • Lancaster Buddhist Centre

  • Day services centres for adults with learning difficulties and additional needs

  • Medical museums

  • Space Centre Preston

  • Local universities

  • Intu Trafford Centre (Christmas trip)

  • Poland Auschwitz international trip – this is an additional cost on top of the course fees


  • Medical Mavericks day workshops

  • “Grandma Remember Me” dementia play

  • Participation in hosting activities for a local care home at Lancaster on Ice

Guest Speakers

  • Nurses•Social workers•University engagement officers•Care workers•Support workers


  • Taking part in St Joseph’s Church’s Christmas shoebox appeal

  • Collecting donations for The Olive Branch Food Bank

Units covered in Year 1:

  • Human Lifespan Development (Exam) • Working in Health and Social Care (Exam) • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs • Work Experience in Health & Social Care (runs over 2 years) and Practical Evidence Portfolio • Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs • Physiological Disorders and their Care

Units covered in Year 2:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for HSC (Exam) • Enquiries into Current Research (Synoptic) • Work Experience in Health & Social Care (runs over 2 years) and Practical Evidence Portfolio • Promoting Public Health • Infection Prevention and Control • Sociological Perspectives • Understanding Mental Wellbeing

Students will be assessed throughout the two years based on their performance in assignments, synoptics and exams.

Learners are also required to complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio to evidence the skills they have completed in placement. Supervisors will sign off a range of skills to agree competence with specific Health & Social Care tasks.

Industry Links

Students are required to complete 100 work placement hours across their two years of study.
Placement destinations include:
• Care homes • Day centres for adults with additional needs • Specialist schools for children with additional needs/disabilities • Specialist colleges for adults with additional needs/disabilities

Learners will also have access to placements at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where they will work on the wards alongside medical professionals while being supervised by their mentor. If learners have a particular setting they are interested in attending they can let our placement organiser know at induction and she will investigate whether this is possible. We hold regular reviews with local Health & Social Care facilities to check that we are teaching current and relevant subjects.

Progression Routes

Some of our students choose to progress onto higher education, completing degrees in areas such: nursing, criminology, psychology, midwifery and social work, while others progress onto full time employment or nursing Apprenticeships.

There are a broad range of exciting roles within the Health & Social Care sector, such as:

  • Counsellor • Social Worker • Health Visitor • Occupational Therapist • Care Worker • Healthcare Assistant

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in the industry.

Entry Requirements

To study this course, you must:

  • Show enthusiasm for the subject area

  • Complete a satisfactory DBS check

  • Enjoy working with other people

  • Show a commitment to study

  • Be able to work independently

  • Demonstrate good interpersonal skills

You must also have 5 GCSEs at grade 9*- 4 including English and Maths at grade 4 or higher OR a related Level 2 qualification at a Merit PLUS GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or higher.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A30079-A1A