Health and Social Care is one of our most popular courses here at HNC, with a qualification in this subject supporting a diverse range of career paths. We offer this course at three separate levels, and the qualification level you opt for will be determined by your future career plans.

Did you know that around 3 million people work in health and social care in the UK, 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 BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care 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.

The Extended Certificate is a one A Level equivalent, and if you would like Health and Social Care to form more of your study programme, consider the 2 or 3 A level equivalent.


You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

The topics you study will prepare you for a varied range of roles and degree level courses, and ensure you are prepared for your future in this vibrant and rewarding sector. The range of topics you will study increases in line with the qualification level of your studies, but includes:

- Human lifespan development
- Working in Health and Social care
- Meeting individual care and support needs
- Supporting individuals with additional needs

We are incredibly proud of the experiences on offer from the Health and Social Care department, including work 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 a visit to Bodyworks.

Assessment is via coursework, core examinations and external assessment. Our departmental staff will provide further advice.

This course supports you to pursue a range of career paths. There are so many options when working with people. You could choose to pursue university level studies in areas such as Social Work, Youth Work or Housing Support. As one of the biggest and most diverse employers, the care sector offers you unique and almost endless career possibilities.

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