Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care
You want an A level standard qualification that is recognised by universities, which will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding ready for studying a university degree course such as nursing, allied healthcare, midwifery, teaching or social work. Alternatively you can progress onto career areas such as healthcare though higher apprenticeships and traineeships.
This is a 2 year course, with the opportunity to gain a Certificate qualification (equivalent to AS) at the end of Year 1. In year 2 you will add to the work completed in your fist year to achieve an Extended Certificate qualification (equivalent to an A level).
Assessment is through a combination of exam and coursework. About 60% of the course is assessed through external exams. You have to achieve at least a pass on every unit of the course, both exam and coursework, to achieve the overall qualification.
You will study a range of health related topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition and infection control. The course also includes more generic health and social care modules such as equality and diversity, building positive relationships and health, safety and security.
There will be the opportunity to take part in a work placement during each year of the course. Examples of possible work placements include care homes, community health, dental practices and schools. Many university courses expect you to have done some relevant work placement prior to starting your degree course e.g. nursing, teaching.
To study health and social care at this level you need four GCSEs at grade C/4 or better or a relevant vocational qualification at merit grade or above. You can study other qualifications at college alongside your Cambridge Technical qualification and the choice of A level subject will depend upon the career area you are interested in.
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