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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care provides an opportunity to explore how health affects individuals in society. You will investigate areas including building positive relationships, equality and diversity and health and safety. The Cambridge Extended Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work in the health and social care sector.

Subject content

In the first year, you will explore building positive relationships, which will enhance your understanding of the importance of relationships in the delivery of safe and effective care. You will consider how equality, diversity and rights can be promoted in health and social care settings. You will also explore what it means to be safe and how to maintain a safe working environment.

In the second year, you will develop your understanding of anatomy and physiology, where you will learn about the structure and function of the different bodily systems. You will also study public health and mental health.


Assessment in year one will be 33% coursework and 67% exam based. Assessment in year two is 50% coursework and 50% exam based.

The grading for this qualification is as follows:

Grade UCAS Tariff points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

This course is an award of OCR. Visit the OCR website to read the course specification.

Progression opportunities

This course has a wide range of progression opportunities, which can lead to Higher Education in social work, nursing and social science degrees. It complements other A Level subjects and will equip you with the skills needed for Higher Education and the world of work. In combination with other subjects, you could go on to pursue a career in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or teaching.

Meet the A Level expert

Katie Wood

Katie studied a BSc in Psychology at the University of Sheffield and a PGCE at the University of Huddersfield.

Katie said: “Health and Social Care will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to the world of work and real life situations.”

Our Alumni

Michelle Pape

Michelle studied Health and Social Care, Psychology and English Literature achieving A, A, C and progressed to Sheffield Hallam University to study Primary School Teaching.

Michelle said: “I loved making new friends at Barnsley Sixth Form College and I really enjoyed my subjects.  I felt I had more independence here and my tutors were supportive.”

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