Health & Social Care

Course Description

The health and social care sector is a growing area of national importance and career opportunities. Do you want to make a difference to peoples’ lives? This course enables you to develop the knowledge and skills required for working in a range of settings within the health or social care sector. If you have an approachable, trustworthy, enthusiastic and compassionate nature, this course may be for you! You will have the opportunity to apply for the Futures Academy in the first year – a course designed to boost academic and career prospects, including a placement at a private hospital.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will be expected to have GCSE grade 4 in English Language and a minimum of grade 3 in Mathematics.

Features of the Course

This qualification has been designed to be a full-time, two year study programme; it is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector and is equivalent to three A Levels and supports progression to health and social care related degrees.

The content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector including:
• Human lifespan development
• Working in health and social care
• Anatomy and physiology
• Enquiries into current research
• Meeting individual care and support needs
• Work experience
• Principles of safe practice and promoting public health.


Assessment consists of a mixture of internally assessed units (coursework), work placement practice and four externally assessed units (examination and controlled assessments).

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Enrichment and Work Experience

Work placement will support your coursework and by the end of the second year, you will have achieved a minimum of 100 hours in a variety of health and social care settings. As part of enrichment, you will have the opportunity to participate with Medical Mavericks, visit a range of universities and have guest speakers that work in the health and social care sector.

Additional Information

Essential additional costs for the course are: DBS (approx. £55). A visit to Edge Hill University is part of the enrichment programme to gain an insight to the campus and attend subject specific presentations and will cost approximately £10.00 and First Aid Certificate (approx. £30).

Future Career Opportunities

Students have progressed to higher education and into careers including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and social work and many more.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Students benefit from a wide range of classroom activities and an engaging curriculum. Your teacher will guide you through your assessments and will provide thorough feedback to help you improve your work. You will also have the opportunity to develop experience as a student mentor and complete additional qualifications such as first aid. For some selected students, there is also an opportunity to join The Sixth Form’s Futures Academy to develop and enhance skills and qualifications even further.