Students can study the Extended Certificate (1 A level) at both sites. The National Diploma (2 A levels) is available for study at the Workington Campus only). Students will be transported from the Whitehaven Campus for the equivalent of one day per week.

Examination Board

OCR Cambridge Technical Health & Social Care Level 3

Entry Criteria

Grade 5 in English Language
Grade 5 in Biology or 5-5 in Combined Science


The learners will take 6 units made up of mandatory and optional units:

Year 12
M – Unit 1 Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care – Internally assessed
M – Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care – Exam
M – Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care – Exam

Year 13
M – Unit 4 Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care – Exam
O – Unit 10 Nutrition for Health – Internally assessed
O – Unit 13 Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages – Internally assessed

Why you should study Health & Social Care:

The Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care provides a broad introduction to the subject and prepares you for study in further education or a career in the health and social care and early year’s sector. It is equivalent to one A level so other subjects can be studied with it.

Course Content

The course covers legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, effective communication and building positive relationships.

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

The Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that universities and employers demand. This includes, Communication, Organisation, Planning and Research.

Possible future careers:

  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Primary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher