Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This course is ideal for students who are aiming to progress to employment or to Higher Education in the vital sector of Health and Social Care. With a growing number of jobs available in the sector this is an ideal course for those with a passion for Health, Care and making a difference.

You will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by employers. The course will enable you to:
- prepare for further learning or training
- develop essential knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills in health and care with the aim of enhancing your employability
- develop your knowledge and skills as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

You will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

You could progress to a range of careers such as social work, nursing, psychology, midwifery or physiotherapy.

Five GCSE’s at grade 4 including Maths and English or a full level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

DBS Clearance is also needed to attend placement.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You may need to pay a contribution for some field trips and bus fare to placement.

This course is taught through classroom learning, development of practical skills in our state-of-the-art health hub, directed study and placement allowing you to apply theory to practice and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required by employers.

You will be assessed through, course work which includes, presentations, reports, essays and role plays. The course requires you to attend 100 hours work placement in year 1 and year 2 of the course – one day per week. This will enable you to link your care practice to the units delivered in the classroom.

A GCSE grade of 4 or higher in Maths and English is a pre-requisite for this course. If you do not achieve a grade 4 in both Maths and English then you would study our Level 2 in Health and Social Care for 1 year and then progress to this level 3 course.

We have excellent links with Health and Social Care employers and you will benefit from the following when studying the course:

- Guest speakers
- Trips and Visits
- Masterclasses
- Placements
- Live briefs

Employers such as the NHS, Sunderland Care and Support, Health Education England, Skills for Care, Sunderland Council, Home Group, Age UK and the Alzheimers Society all support with the co-design and co-delivery of our courses.

Your timetable will be issued at enrolment. Timetables usually run across 4 days in college between the hours of 9am-4.30pm. Your timetable will also include a designated time for your placement hours.

The following modules are delivered during this 2 year course:

- Human Lifespan Development
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
- Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
- Work Experience in Health and Social Care
- Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
- Promoting Public Health
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Physiological Disorders and their Care
- Caring for Individuals with Dementia
- Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
- Policy in Health & Social care
- Assessing Children's Development Support Needs

You can progress on to employment or degree level study health and social care related areas, leading to careers in areas such as social work, psychology, midwifery, nursing or physiotherapy.

There is a growing demand in Sunderland and the North East for occupations such as:

- Nurses
- Social Workers
- Probation Officers
- Care and Home Workers
- Senior Care Workers

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What’s next?

You can progress on to higher education in careers such as social work, nursing, psychology, midwifery or physiotherapy.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.