Health & Social Care Vocational Course

Introduction to Health & Social Care


This course is perfect for those who have an interest in health and social care, progressing onto University and then a career in the health or social sector. Students who choose this pathway must have good organisational skills, as well as time management. You will develop researching and problem solving skills, prepare and give presentations and learn to plan and evaluate activities.  You will learn all that the introductory diploma course does as well as a range of topics that will help qualify you for a more specific career path in Health, Social or Early Years.
The course is aimed at those students who are certain their future lies in a care based environment, for those who have an interest in Health, Social Care or Early Years sectors. The qualification would also suit those who are still unsure where their future lies as the skills learned and developed are highly transferable.

The Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.
The Introductory Diploma is equivalent to an A-Level.

Teaching & Assessment

40% Assignments and 60% Controlled Assessment.

60% Assignment and 40% Controlled Assessment.

1. Assignments: Set and marked by the centre and externally moderated. Students complete a series of practical, tasks set in a work-related scenario.

2. Controlled Assessment: Set and marked by the exam board.  Students respond to a pre-released brief or complete an online examination.

Vocational Progression

You can progress onto University degrees in health, care, community and therapy related degrees, including those sponsored by the NHS.

Course Structure

Single Diploma
• Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care.
• Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care.
• Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care.
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.
• Caring for Children and Young People.
• Dealing with Challenging Behaviour.
• Caring for Older People.

Double Diploma
• Development Through the Life Stages.
• Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care.
• Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care.
• Physiological Disorders.
• Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence.
• Promoting Health Education.
• Nutrition for Health and Social Care.