Health and Social Care (Certificate)

What does the course involve?

All the personal skills, values and attributes you need to give you a solid foundation for a career in healthcare, nursing or social work. You’ll cover important theory around empathy and equality to help you really understand what you need to work successfully as a Health and Social Care professional, and a platform for understanding individuals and learning how to provide quality care. This is a very dynamic course exploring a variety of current topics from human life span development, human behaviour, communication and health promotion to child protection and safeguarding. The course is equivalent to one A Level and allows you to present your coursework in different ways, such as live presentations to class, role play scenarios, video production or poster design, so you can showcase and express your units creatively. This qualification attracts the same UCAS points as an A Level course and can be studied alongside A Level subjects or BTEC qualifications where possible. Staff have worked recently in the Health and Social Care field which brings really relevant industry knowledge to your studies and contributes to our excellent results. You also have the opportunity to replace one of your optional units with a work placement which we can help you set up.

Course Outline

For the enthusiasts wanting to pursue a health and social career it is a platform for understanding individuals, learning how to provide quality care, to the skills needed to become a health, social care or child development specialist. The course is equivalent to one A Level, if studied over two years. This new and exciting course can be studied alongside A Level subjects or BTEC qualifications.

The units are assessed through the completion of coursework and examinations.

Coursework (BTEC Pearson)
Coursework is assessed through many forms which can include written, presentations, video recording, role plays, posters, promotions and scenarios.

Examination (BTEC Pearson)
Students will sit two exams across their two years of study. These results will contribute to 50% of their final grade.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English.


Destinations are hugely diverse for this rigorous, academic course, so our alumni have gone on to social policy and psychology degrees, policing careers, and humanities-based courses such as history or politics. The course can lead to further study in social work, midwifery, nursing, teaching, paramedics and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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