Health & Care

The course is free for 16-18, and for 19+ see student services for fees and further information.

Mandatory topics:

Introduction to health and care

Personal and professional development in health and care

Equality and diversity in health and care

Effective communication in health and care settings

Safeguarding fir all in health and care

Understanding cognitive impairment

Understanding individual care needs

Quality service provision in health and care.

The course takes two routes, Health Studies that is designed for students to progress in Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedics; and the Health and Social Care route, designed for students to progress in Social Work, Youth Work and Probation.

Second year topics:

Social policy in health and care

Person centred working with children, young people, parents and carers.

Provision for adults in health and care

Research in health and care

Life span developments – health and care needs

Understanding physical disabilities and exploring mental health wellbeing

Structure, organisation and function of the human body.


You would then choose either the health route or the care route and would cover 2 of the following units.

Principles and models of healthcare

Science in health and care

Psychology of Human Behaviours

Sociology of health, care and wellbeing.

Level 3 – 4 x GCSE grades A-C or level 4-9 ( including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
Access the application form on the website.


The level 3 course is assessed by a variety of methods including knowledge based exams, case study projects, professional discussions, work placement and research projects.

On achievement of the Level 3 Advanced Extended Diploma in Health & Care, students can progress to a variety of courses in higher education including Nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, youth work, sociology & psychology.
A level 3 advanced apprenticeship in the caring industry.
Progression to employment opportunities include: Police, probation, health care assistant, midwifery assistant, mental health/learning disability support worker.

GCSE Maths and English at C and above plus a further 2 GCSE at grade C or above.

This course is a Level 3 technical Diploma (1 year) leading to a Level 3 Advanced Extended Diploma in Health & Care (2 years). The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to work in a health and care environment or progress to a related course at university for example: Nursing, Social Work and Midwifery. The course is designed to support you develop a detailed understanding, through both theory and extensive practical experience, of a variety of health and care settings and the behaviours and values that are expected from professional working in the health care industry. You will be required to complete a minimum of 200 hours each year on placement in a health or care setting to achieve the qualification. It consists of a total of 18 units, 9 year 1 units and 9 year 2 units.

Students who achieve a grade B in maths will have the opportunity to complete the Technical Baccalaureate where they will study core maths and an extended project, this will lead to the equivalent of 4 A levels.

FdSc Health and Social Care
Health and Community Studies BSc(Hons)
Psychological Studies BSc(Hons)

Work experience is mandatory to achieve the course and students must complete 200 hours each year. Students are encouraged to source their own placement however a placement officer can offer assistance if necessary.
  • Diploma in specialist Teaching and Learning
  • Early Years
  • Access to Nursing
  • Access to Social Work
  • Access to Criminology & Law


Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development