Health and Social Care


What qualification will I get? Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care Extended Diploma (1080 GLH) – 3 A-Level equivalent

Qualification number: 603/0381/5

What will I study? The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care has been developed for you if you are aged 16+ and want to develop and apply your skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and childcare.

This qualification isn’t about teaching you how to care for babies or the elderly and the ill however; it will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow you to progress onto Higher Education on a health and social care-related programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies.

You will learn by applying your skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to what happens in health, social care and child care workplaces, as well as in academic settings, and you will also learn how to be proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting
individuals within the sector. Having an appreciation of what happens in the workplace will also help to prepare you for continuing your education in this sector. We have worked with universities and employers who have helped us include the transferable skills, knowledge and understanding that they are looking for in prospective applicants.

What about coursework? The qualification is designed to fill your complete two-year study programme. You will take 17 or 18 units, made up of mandatory and optional units. Everybody will study the following mandatory units:
• Building positive relationships in health and social care
• Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
• Health, safety and security in health and social care
• Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
• Infection control
• Personalisation and a person-centred approach to care
• Safeguarding
• Promote positive behaviour
• The impact of long-term physiological conditions
• Research methods in health, social care and childcare 

You will then select additional units from a range of 15 optional units. These optional units will give you an appreciation of workplace practices and an understanding of how to promote and support a healthy and active lifestyle.

How will I be assessed? Through exams and coursework
What will help me?


Excellent organisational skills, creative thinking, independent learning skills, confidence and an interest in working with people.
Who do I talk to? Mrs Russell – nicolarussell@graceacademy.org.uk
What can I study later? The Extended Diploma provides a broad understanding and skill set related to Health and Social Care, and the academic skills required to support progression into higher education in a range of health and social care or related qualifications. You may also seek employment in the health and social care sector or a related industry.



Why Grace Academy?

Grace Academy has been delivering post 16 courses for a number of years and have experienced specialist teachers for Health and Social Care. Results at Post 16 are consistently good each year. This specialist knowledge is effectively shared with students to support their learning and progress, allowing all students to access in depth content.

We will also build  Into the two year course compulsory work experience blocks enabling you to gain valuable employable skills and knowledge to develop onto the next stage.



Mandatory Units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care And Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

Optional Units:

  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Nutritional Health
  • Policy in Health and Social Care
  • Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
  • Understanding Mental Wellbeing


Assessment Methods:

The Extended Diploma will be assessed through assignments, Pearson tasks and written exams. The assignments will be set and marked by Grace Academy staff, these involve a series of tasks set in a work related scenario over a period of time. The tasks set by Pearson will require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in real life scenarios that they are likely to encounter in the work place.

The written exams are set and marked by Pearson for units 1 to 4. There are three 1.5 hour exams for units 1 to 3 and an external task set with a 3 hour supervised session. These units contributes to 42% of the total qualifications guided learning hours.


How does the qualification provide employability skills?

The qualification focuses on the development on key skills that further educational and employers look for in a candidate. These include:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.


Support Provided:

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful. You will need to monitor your own progress, we want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.


Course Application:

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject to suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.