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Health & Social Care, Principles & Context Level 3

Programme Description

The Level 3 Health and Social Care (Principles and Contexts) with Applied Medical Science course will provide a comprehensive and challenging programme of study that will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding within the context of health and social care services, including the current issues in relation to Health and Social Care in Wales. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the human body, and some problems that can occur when the body systems do not function as intended. You will be required to undertake 100 hours of sector engagement to prepare you for further study at degree level, or to improve your skills and qualifications should you wish to seek employment in the health or social care field.

Programme Features

The course is mainly delivered in the classroom however you will be required to undertake 100 hours of sector engagement to include a work placement, workplace visits, guest lectures and attending external conferences and events. This sector engagement will provide you with experience in the health or social care sector, tailored towards your future career aspirations.

All members of staff delivering this course have vast experience in working in the Health and Social Care or Health Science sector and therefore a number of local and national contacts have been nurtured to offer additional opportunities to all learners.

Progression & Employment

This qualification provides underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of careers within the Health and/or Social Care sector.

Studying on this course offers a wealth of opportunities for those looking for a career such as Nursing, Social Care, Midwifery, Radiography, Biomedical Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, Law, Criminology, Ecology and many other careers. Recently our students have gone on to study and qualify, for example, as Nurses, Radiographers, Physiologists, Research Scientists, Teachers, Social Workers, Healthcare Managers or have gone on to work as healthcare support workers or work in social care.

Programme Content

This qualification is made up of twelve mandatory units (over two years) to include topic such as:

  • Principles of care and safe practice
  • Factors affecting individuals’ growth and development
  • Rights of individuals
  • Supporting individuals at risk
  • Working in the health and social care sector
  • Human health and disease
  • Medical science research methods
  • Medicines and the treatment of diseases
  • Clinical laboratory techniques

Programme Assessment

Units assessed through 50% internal assessment and 50% external assessment. Assessments may take the form of essays, reports, presentations, discussions and so on.

Programme Entry Requirements

5 GCSES grade A*-C to include English or Welsh first language at C or above, and Maths and Science C or above (Medical Science Route). 5 GCSEs grade A*-C to inc English or Welsh first language at C, and Maths minimum E (Non-science route). Or successful completion of L2 vocational qualification at Merit or above.

Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits