Applied Certificate & Diploma Health and Social Care

1 Year for Certificate, 2 years for Diploma. 

Certificate: one written examination set and marked by the exam board and one centre-marked assignment, moderated by the exam board 

Diploma: one written examination and one pre-release paper, set and marked by the exam board and two centre-marked assignments, moderated by the exam board. 


WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate & Diploma in Health and Social Care 

This course is designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills of the health and social care sectors, providing a broad basis for further or higher education or for moving into employment within the sectors.

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability:

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition, as most students have not studied Health & Social Care in Key Stage 4, there is a lot of new information to learn. Students will need to be extremely well organised to cope with the coursework element in this specification which requires observational visits to care settings.

Course Content:
Year 12 - Certificate

  • Unit 1: Core Values and Services (exam)
    This unit is based around the values of care, service provision and meeting individual needs throughout the life stages. This would include national policy and provision and the impact of financial issues on service provision.

  • Unit 2 : Employment within the Sectors (coursework) 
    This unit is based around practitioner roles within the health and social care and early years sectors, including the main employment sectors, the demographic, political and technological factors that influence employment, in addition to learning about the principles of care and caring skills, qualities and attributes required to work within the sectors. 

Year 13 : Diploma

  • Unit 3: Disease, Illness and Disability (external pre-release) 
    This unit includes learning about common diseases and illnesses, in addition to a range of disability conditions and impairments. Content will cover: the basic concepts, cause and effect, care management process, legislation and barriers to care, risk reduction strategies and the burden of disability and disease.

  • Unit 4: Human Behaviour (coursework)
    This unit explores the factors that influence an individual's development, including the application of psychological theories and strategies within a range of care settings. 

Methods of Study:

  • Individual writing of coursework reports.
  • Writing and discussing case studies. 
  • Individual and group work on presentations.
  • Keeping up to date with topical issues within the health, care and early years sectors.
  • Practice exam questions.
  • Visiting care settings to observe caring skills and practitioner roles.
  • Interviewing health and social care practitioners and service users.

Independent Study Time:

A successful Health & Social Care student will have an interest in the health, social care and early years sectors. Independent study time can support their studies by keeping up to date with topical issues, both national and local, detailing developments within the sectors. Watching documentaries and current affairs programmes, reading vocationally related  journals and browsing the internet will all help to develop understanding and provide a  broader knowledge. As well as this they will need to complete practice exam questions, specific homework tasks and most importantly coursework on a regular basis. Coursework is assessed regularly throughout a term to monitor a student’s progress and allow us to provide individual feedback including strategies for improvement.

Progression and the Future:

Taken with Single Science, Applied Science or Psychology ‘A’ levels, Health & Social Care supports applications for a degree in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech therapy or social work and many other allied health professions.  Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas or other vocational qualifications such as Early Years, Elderly Care, Youth Work.

This subject also supports applications for a broad range of university courses in Social Sciences and Teacher Training.

Subject Contacts:

Mrs J Allen
Curriculum Area Leader - Health & Social Care

How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in February of each year.  Please contact Sarah Fisher, Sixth Form Administrator, for further information or to request an application form.

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