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Key Details

  • Available at:
    Llangefni, Rhos-on-Sea, Pwllheli, Rhyl, Dolgellau
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    2 years

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Health and Social Care Level 3

Full-time (Further Education)


Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like a career in health and social care? This programme provides an advanced level qualification, delivered by experienced professionals. The programme will develop your knowledge and skills, preparing you to progress into Higher Education or Higher Education or directly into employment within the health or social care sector. It provides a practical programme of study, focusing on the needs of real job roles and situations.

The programme is suitable if you are progressing from a related Level 2 course or from suitable GCSE attainment.

After completing the programme, you will be able to work in a number of roles, including support and sessional work across the care sector. You will also be prepared for Higher Education, and eventual careers including nursing, social work and residential care.

The programme content encompasses Principles and Theories of Health and Social Care. Topics covered will include: human growth and development; common illnesses, diseases and disorders and how they may be prevented and controlled; provision of health and social care across the age ranges; principles of high quality care and communication; understanding of human behaviour (psychological theories); understanding of mental health and wellbeing; promoting the rights of individuals; and also sector engagement and work placement.

Attending an Open Event with us gives you the opportunity to find out more about working in this sector and the range of careers this course can lead you to. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the course, life at college, or working in health, social, or children’s development, care and education sectors.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language. You must also have GCSE Mathematics or Numeracy at grade D or above


  • Level 2 Health and Social Care: Pass in Principles and Contexts as well as Core (Adults, Children & Young People) and GCSE English / Welsh 1st Language and Mathematics at Grade D or higher (or equivalent - i.e. Communications and Number ESWs at Level 2)

If you are not sure if you have the entry requirements profile, or have alternative qualifications that you think are equivalent, please contact Learner Services via the live chat function or directly.

Your programme may require you to attend an interview, please ensure you attend this.


The programme will equip you with the equivalent of a minimum of 3 A-levels, along with qualifications which are recognised for registration to work in the sector, subject to completing practical competencies in the workplace. As part of your programme you will also follow an individualised programme of study (grade profile dependent) which will include a combination from the Welsh Baccalaureate (which allows you to gain additional UCAS points), Literacy, Numeracy, Employability and Digital skills.

In addition to this, all learners will undertake Work Placement and Sector Engagement developing practical skills and knowledge in readiness for University or work.
You will have a personal tutor and individual tutorial sessions. Your personal tutor will track and support your academic and personal development and progression, for example, we will support you with your UCAS application if you are planning on progressing into University.

The above will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Projects
  • Practical workshops
  • Study in a realistic working environment
  • Self-directed study
  • Group work
  • Work placement

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


The L3 Vocational programme is assessed through internal assessment (50%) and external assessment (50%).

The full programme will also include assessment through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation


The programme allows you to achieve the UCAS profile for progression to higher education (University) onto a range of courses at many universities across the UK.

At Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, you could progress onto a number of programmes, including:

The programme also improves your employability and gives you important knowledge and skills. It will prepare you for a career in any health and social care area, either directly or after further study. These include paediatric nursing, adult nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social policy, radiography, childhood studies, physiotherapy, chiropody/podiatry, psychology, sociology, criminology, holistic therapies and operating practice.

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 3

Programme Area:

  • Health & Social Care


This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

  • Dolgellau
  • Llangefni
  • Pwllheli
  • Rhos-on-Sea

Health & Social Care

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Health & Social Care

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