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Health and Social Care (Level 3 NCFE Technical Certificate) (16 – 18) — Full Time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you have a passion for healthcare science and want to explore degree level study and career options in a nursing, social work or any other health or social care profession.

Units include:

    • Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Safeguarding
    • Communication
    • Infection and Prevention Control
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Working in Health and Social Care
    • Reflective Practice

You can expect to develop academic skills alongside practical competence through attending a placement, 2 days a week, across a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll also find out about career opportunities and get expert advice on your next steps.

How to enrol onto this course

It is no longer possible to apply to join the course this academic year.

You will be able to apply online for 2024/25 soon.

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NCFE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including English Language, Science and Maths – all of these must be grades 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. You can also gain a place by having a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9-4.

This course is for students aged 16-18.

If you are aged 19+, you may be interested in the Access to Higher Education: Health and Social Care (Level 3) or the Pre-Access to Science and Nursing (Level 2).

Teaching & assessment

A combination of externally assessed controlled assessments and internally assessed coursework.


Upon successful completion of the one-year certificate (you must achieve grade A*- C), you can move onto the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Successful completion of the Year 2 course will allow you to gain UCAS tariff points needed for university and will allow you to study a range of courses at degree level within the health or social care field eg nursing and social work.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.