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Title: Health and Social Care

Pathway: Care Services

Available Study Options:
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What will I study?

Level 2 Health and Social Care (Full-time)

This one-year course is designed to develop your knowledge, and the skills required to work within this diverse sector as one of our future key workers. This theoretical and practical course will give you a broader and more focused insight into the health and social care sector.

As part of the course you will attend a work placement one day each week, where you'll gain first-hand experience of what is expected of health and social care workers. This placement will allow you to participate in caring for diverse client groups.

Level 3 Health and Social Care (Full-time) 

This two-year course has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to work in health and social care. You will develop a detailed understanding of health and social care settings, expected values and behaviours when working in a care role and gain valuable work experience in a health or care setting. As part of the course, you will attend work placement one day per week.

How will I be assessed?

Level 2: you will be assessed on your knowledge and skills through externally set exams and internally set assignments - all externally quality assured.

Level 3: you will be assessed through a range of externally set assessments and exams. You must also complete a specified amount of work experience hours to gain your qualification. 

What will this lead to?

Level 2: With the knowledge and qualification earned on this course, you will have everything you need to advance onto the Level 3 Technical Healthcare qualification - or one of our new T Levels, taking your skills even further. For students who wish to enter into employment, jobs include home carer, healthcare assistant, support worker, personal assistant and occupational therapist technician.

Level 3: On completion of the Level 3 qualification you will have a huge range of options available to take your knowledge, skills and abilities to variety of university courses including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Youth Work, Sociology and Psychology.

You may also want to continue your studies in your local area. If you do, University Campus Oldham has a foundation degree course in Health and Social Care, BSc (Hons) Health and Community Studies and BSc (Hons) Psychology.

For students who wish to enter into employment, there are a vast array options available to you, including clinical health worker, youth service worker, midwifery assistant and mental health/learning disability support worker.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

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If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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