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Did you know that around 3 million people work in health and social care, accounting for nearly one in ten paid jobs in the UK? Each and every one of us at some point in our lives are dependent upon the services provided by the sector. Our Applied Health Studies qualification is an ideal way to help you to progress to roles where you will not only make a difference to people as individuals, but to society as a whole.

This 3 A Level equivalent is specifically designed to support those looking to work in the healthcare field. As this qualification is designed to ensure your progression into the sector, in year two you will undertake more specialist skills and knowledge to prepare for your future in the sector

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 in GCSE Science.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

Topics include:

  • Human lifespan development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Enquiries in to current research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Work experience
  • Principles of safe practice
  • Public health
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Physiological disorders and their care
  • Nutritional health
  • Genetics
  • Complementary therapies for Health and Social Care


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

We are incredibly proud of the experiences on offer from the Health and Social Care department, including work placements. We are one of the few providers to offer NHS work experience placements. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop new skills, including the chance to undertake your First Aid qualification. We also share how much we care via our departmental enrichment which includes fundraising for gifts for teenagers in hospital at Christmas, and a scheme where we support local care home residents. Our trips and visiting speakers are extensive and include GPs, nurses and experiences such as visit to Bodyworks.

You’ll gain valuable sector experience throughout your time on the course, combining your classroom learning with high quality industry work placements, trips and visits. Our students have developed their skills, knowledge and built their cultural capital through a wide range of activities. Our students have benefitted from:

  • Visiting guest speakers from a range of industries
  • Trips and visits to key organisations to bring learning to life
  • Working with local organisations such as care homes to build key employability skills
  • Working with local charities to benefit the community
  • Work experience tailored to career ambitions to support progression

Assessment is via presentations, group work and assignments and externally assessed exams

This course supports you to pursue a range of career paths. There are so many options when working with people in the healthcare field. You could choose to pursue university level studies in areas such as Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Healthcare to name a few. As one of the biggest and most diverse employers, this sector offers you some unique and almost endless career possibilities.

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Good to Know

Our Health and Social Care qualification can lead to many exciting, rewarding and diverse careers where you will make a real difference to others who may have experienced challenges in their own lives. Potential applicants are advised that the course does feature some topics that may be considered difficult or triggering such as abuse and eating disorders. These form a compulsory element of learning and therefore potential applicants are encouraged to ask us detailed questions about course content should they be concerned that they may find this element of their learning difficult.

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Alex Burton

Midwifery at the University of Leeds

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