This is a vocational qualification that offers students over 16 a real alternative to GSE and A Levels.  It provides the knowledge which underlies practical work skills.


This is a practical course which will introduce you to a range of health and social care situations.  You will develop some of the knowledge and skills needed by workers in these areas and develop an understanding of how they communicate effectively with patients and people who use the services.

You will complete four mandatory units and four optional units, all of which will be assessed through varied portfolios and assignments.  These will allow you to make maximum use of your practical skills and work experience.  The scenarios for written assignments are realistic and include:


With further training or study you may go onto a career in nursing, social work, child care or residential care management.

Entry Requirements:

Course-Specific Entry Requirements: Students normally need to have at least one of the following: 4 GCSEs at grades 4-1 and a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy, Foundation Certificate in a related subject, related work experience or other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications.