Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

Level 3

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Who are the qualifications for?

These qualifications will be knowledge-based and will be designed for post-16 learners who want to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge related to the Health and Social Care sector. They will be designed for delivery in further education colleges but may also be of interest to school sixth forms and other providers.

These qualifications will replace current A level and Level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care. It will provide a sound basis for learners who want to progress to higher education or to the workplace. Learners are strongly recommended to complete the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core qualification prior to, or alongside this qualification.

What will the qualifications cover?

The qualifications will cover the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required by the Health and Social Care sectors, providing a broad basis for further and/or higher education or employment within the sectors.

The qualifications will include the principles and theories of human growth and development.

Topics in the first year are likely to include:

  • factors that affect human growth and development
  • common illnesses, diseases and disorders, and how they may be prevented and controlled
  • provision of health and social care: adults, children's and young people's services
  • promoting quality care and communication
  • promoting good health.

During the second year learners will be able to broaden their study by choosing two topics from a number of optional units.

Topics likely to be included:

  • engagement strategies to support individuals in a range of care settings
  • understanding human behaviour – psychological theories
  • understanding mental health and well-being
  • promoting the rights of adults, children and young people

These qualifications will require an element of meaningful employer/sector engagement which could include a set work placement.

Qualification structure and assessment

These qualifications will be assessed through a combination of two external written assessments and two non-exam assessments.

What could the qualifications lead to?

Learners completing the Level 3 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualification alongside other Level 3 qualifications, including GCE, could progress to higher education courses in areas including:

  • health
  • social care
  • early years
  • speech and language therapy
  • psychology
  • midwifery
  • occupational health

Learners who wish to progress to higher education may choose to take these qualifications alongside Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare thereby completing the equivalent of three A levels.

The qualifications could also lead to further education and training within the suite of Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications including:

  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People)
  • Level 4 Health and Social Care with Specialism

Contact us

Karen Morris-Goodman

Subject Officer
029 2240 4264

Hilary Wyman

Subject Support Officer
029 2240 4264

Key Documents

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Draft Sample Assessments Materials (Unit 2)

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