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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Level 3
Cheltenham Forest of Dean Gloucester

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: you want to learn a wide range of topics related to health and care to provide a broad and deep understanding of the health and social care sector.

You’ll learn: human lifespan development; anatomy and physiology for health and social care; sociological perspectives; psychological perspectives; meeting individual care and support needs; physiological disorders and their care.

Expect: to attend a work placement along side your full time course which will help you to broaden the application of your knowledge in this industry. 

You’ll love: that this qualification enables you to understand and study a wide range of contributing subjects within the frame work of health and social care. Many of our learners go on to study at Higher Education a diverse range of courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Criminology, Psychology or Paramedic Science.  


This course will give you the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and understanding in relation to health and social care.

The units you may study include:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Enquiries into Current Research
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Principles of Safe Practice
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

You will study a wide range of care related topics whilst undertaking this programme of study. This qualifications will be assessed by external exams and internally assessed assignments some of which are core and mandatory.

You will need to complete and pay for a DBS check in order to attend any work experience in a health or social care setting. There is a dedicated work placement officer to help with this if required.

At Gloucestershire College we want students to develop their English and Maths skills so that they achieve their learning goals and future career aims. For this reason all full-time students (16-18) who have not achieved grade 4 or above English language or maths GCSE will study these subjects as part of their course.


  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Five GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above including:

      • GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and above or GCSE Maths at Grade 4 and above
      • Four other GCSE subjects at Grade 4 and above

    Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

    For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

    All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • The general progression route for our Health and Social Care (Level 3) programme is:

    Higher education, Apprenticeships or employment in industry

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Careers in the health, social care and early years industries are challenging but immensely rewarding, enabling you to make life-changing differences for the people and children you work with.

Health and Social Care

We offer support of teaching staff with industry experience, coupled with a fantastic set of facilities, including a full-sized training ward, and excellent placement and volunteering opportunities to build your skills and expertise.

Early Years

These courses focus on a range of key areas such as education, the care of young children, and physical health and emotional development. We are proud of our employer partnership with Tinies Nurseries, and our excellent progression opportunities too.

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Student Stories

Rhianna Lewis-Watkins

I want to go into the medical field and this is one of the pathways I can take to get into it. I’d like to be a midwife; I find it fascinating. We’ve learnt a bit about midwifery, and knowing that you’re gonna bring a new life into the world is really exciting. We've learned about healthy living and different legislations, babies growth and development – lots of things!

Rhianna Lewis-Watkins

Level 2 - Health and Social Care - Gloucester Campus

Clive Junior Morgan

I studied Health and Social Care at school and I already work in a healthcare setting in Tuffley after school. enjoy the practical sessions where we’re hands-on doing stuff. We can do voluntary work every Friday and I do activities with adults with learning disabilities. I like the freedom of college.

Clive Junior Morgan

Level 2 - Health and Social Care - Gloucester Campus

Abbi-Savannah Braddick

I preferred GC over university as it had more flexible learning around my employment, my lessons were in the evenings meaning I could work in a nursery during the day. My dream career is to run my own nursery, and this course helped me learn important management skills to get myself where I need to be.

Abbi-Savannah Braddick

Foundation Degree - Early Years

Our Facilities

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Hospital Ward

You’ll find equipment such as mannequins, task trainers, defibrillators, hospital beds, monitors, and specialized stations for hands-on training, allowing students to practice their skills in a controlled environment.

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Proud to be Working With

Believe in children Barnardo's
The old Station nursery
Orchard Trust
Cheltenham Dental SPA
Class People
Evesham Dental
Live Well at Home
Milestone School
my Face
Parkside Dental
Tewkesbury Dental

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