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.
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:
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:
These qualifications will require an element of meaningful employer/sector engagement which could include a set work placement.
These qualifications will be assessed through a combination of written assessments and non-examination assessments:
Internal: 2 non-examination assessments (NEA)
External: 1 external examination assessment
Internal: 4 non-examination assessments
External: 2 external examination assessments
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:
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:
We're currently developing a new Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification for teaching from September 2023. Find out more here.
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Support Materials for Level 3 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts Unit 3.