Health & Social Care

Level 3 Diploma

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Availability & Details

Health & Social Care (A-Level equivalent) HF-HESC3C-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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This course combines academic study with practical experience and is an ideal choice if you are hoping to pursue a career in health, early years education or social work.

The research, evaluation and problem-solving skills you will develop will be valuable preparation for Higher Education courses or furthering your knowledge for a profession related to the course.

In Year 1 you will cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan plus the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. You will also study the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting an individual's care and support needs, which is the foundation for all the care disciplines.

In Year 2 you will explore what it is like to work in the health & social care sectors, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. Year 2 will be supporting individuals with additional needs from a sociological or psychological perspective.

There will be talks on the course from guest speakers in health, social care and early years settings, as well as various trips and visits.


Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and a Science or other equivalent qualifications.

On this course you will study:

Year 1

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Year 2

  • Working in Health & Social Care
  • Sociological Perspectives

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the student portal. We also have visits from guest speakers from individuals in the profession and various trips to see the course in action.


Each year you will be assessed by an exam in the first unit and coursework in the second unit.

This course is designed to provide progression to Higher Education and further training for employment in a health science profession, early years care and education and social care. Our previous students have gone onto a variety of careers including social policy, health studies, teaching and youth and community studies.

We have excellent links with local health, early years education and social care providers, who provide an interactive experience for our students in the form of focus groups, presentations and visits.

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student