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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This  one year course is suitable for those seeking to work professionally in the Health and care sector, providing a valuable foundation for progression onto university degree courses or employment. This course is an excellent choice for students interested in healthcare careers - nursing, midwifery, paramedic technician, physiotherapy.

Learners are likely to have already gained qualifications at Level 3 or A level and may be considering a change in their career direction and seek to enhance their learning and university application through taking this one year course The course is equivalent to up to 1.5 A levels  and additionally provides the important work placement to enhance applications to advanced study. 

One of the benefits of studying this course  at college is the professional qualifications of all the teaching staff. The course is delivered by nurses, midwives,  and other teachers who are professionally qualified in their field such as additional needs specialist teachers.

Students gain an excellent understanding of the professional values of the sector because all of our tutors have worked within the health and social care industry.

A valuable  part of the course is work placement and you will need to complete 100 hours, the college have dedicated work placement team to support organizing placements. .

It is a full time course. You attend college three days per week and additionally usually one day is out in placement throughout the college year. 

This work placement offers the opportunity to work in a variety of adult health and social care settings.


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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 6 GCSEs at grade C or above (Grades 9 -5) or equivalent to include Maths and English

Ideally have some level 3 qualification

In addition all students must:

·        Have an interview with a member of the course team

·        Have a clear DBS check


This course will give you a BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Applied Human Biology , a and Core Maths.


What you'll learn (core modules)

The  aim of the course is to give you a good understanding of Applied Human Biology 

 Principles of Applied Human Biology

Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Human Biology and Health Issues 

Functional Physiology 

Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies 

Genetics and Genetic Engineering 


Benefits, skills and character strengths

The benefits of this course is to enable skills development in preparation for working within the Health Care sector,

Developing the academic skills alongside application and work practices that enables students to prepare for and experience the sector.

Develop Core Math skills to support students career development 

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of the extended certificate is 50% external assessment and 50% internal assessment 

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

West Suffolk College

Placements are offered across the region, organised by our dedicated placement team.

Where will the course take me?

Students will need to purchase a placement Tunic, available via a link to the provider

There is a course book available to purchase, or there are a limited number available in the library

Furthermore, students will need to have their own college stationery for classes - paper, pens, a folder etc.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

your own laptop of tablet devise is an advantage

How much will it cost?

The course if funded for students up to age of 19

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Complete an application for the course via the website or attend one of our open events. 

Days & times

Starting September 2021

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