National Diploma in Health & Social Care

Examination Board Edexcel
Level 3 This course is Coursework based and is highly recognised by universities

Double Option
This course is equivalent to 2 A2 qualifications and appears in 2 option blocks.
Students then continue into to Year 13 to complete the Diploma (2x A2s) .

Year 12 units - Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 34, Unit 21 and Unit 6
Year 13 Units - Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8, Unit 17, Unit 39 and Unit 41

Course Code: Yr12 AA762 Units 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 + Unit 34
Yr13 AA762 Units 4, 6, 7, 8, 17 or 18, + Units 21 & 22

Unit 1 Developing Effective Communication in H & SC.
Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights in H & SC.
Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security in H & SC.
Unit 5 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for H & SC.
Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development in H & SC.*
Unit 21 Nutrition for Health and Social Care.
Unit 4 Development Through the Life Stages.
Unit 6 Personal and Professional Development in H & SC.
Unit 7 Sociological Perspectives in H & SC.
Unit 8 Psychological Perspectives in H & SC.
Unit 17 Working in the Social Care Sector.
Unit 18 Working in the Health Care Sector.
Unit 23 Complimentary Therapies.
Unit 34 Human Inheritance for H & SC.

In Year12 students look at the essential communication skills required to work successfully in the Health and Social Care sector and they are expected to undertake observed interactions. They learn about the Care Values that are required to ensure that all service users have their needs met and learn about relevant anti-discriminatory legislation and practice. Health and Safety requirements and legislation needed to ensure the safety of service providers and service users are studied. Students look at the anatomy and physiology of human body systems and carry out practical measurements. Unit 6 runs throughout Years 12 and 13. This involves action planning, target setting and reviewing and reflecting on the student’s own development. They look at factors that affect learning and the roles of service providers.

Year 13 introduces students to the factors and events that affect growth and development through the life stages and the development of the individual. It also looks at theories of ageing. They look at the application of different sociological approaches to the understanding of health and illness. Students are introduced to the different Psychological perspectives and encouraged to apply these to understand challenging behaviour. Unit 17 and Unit 18 introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of workers in a chosen sector, how each sector fits into the National framework and the importance of multi-disciplinary working. The final unit introduces the role of complimentary therapies in Health and Social Care and requires selective research and the ability to recognise the bias and reliability of chosen sources.

* Work Placement Unit 6 involves 100 hours of compulsory work placement. Students undertake 3 separate placements for an afternoon per week from October to May in Year 12 and September to October in Year 13. Placements include Elderly Care Day Centres, Primary School, Nurseries and Special Schools. This provides them with essential Sector related skills.