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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 course provides a Level 3 foundation to learning in the Health Science sector, providing a valuable balanced qualification for progression into higher level Health Science courses such as Degree's.  apprenticeships or employment. There is an emphasis on applied sciences within the course to support students who are interested in clinical career aspirations.  A compulsory part of the course is work placement and you will need to complete in the region of 75 hours per year within the course. Work placement is organised by the work placement team. It is a full time course. You attend college three days per week, and one day are out in placement. You will get the opportunity to work in a variety of Health Sciences Settings.


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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 5 GCSEs at (Grade 5 or equivalent to include Maths, English and Science

In addition all students must:

  • Have an interview with a member of the course team

  • Have a clear DBS check


The 2 year course is comprised of a Diploma in Health and Social Care and an Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology. These combine to provide a student with the equivalent of 3 A levels. Students are also expected to take a Core Math qualification which also carries UCAS points.

What you'll learn (core modules)

The Core Modules within the first year of the course include:

Working in Health and Social Care

Lifespan Development

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Psychological Perspectives

Nutritional Health

Modules within the second year of the course include:

Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Promoting Public Health

Principles of Applied Human Biology

Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Human Biology and Health Issues

Functional Physiology

 Biomedical Science

Benefits, skills and character strengths

The course will prepare you for education that provides a springboard to study for a degree at level 4 and above, providing you with a strong foundation for further through developing your academic skills as well as supporting you to use work placement to inform your application of learning. Careers within the health science sector, including Therapies, such as Physiotherapy, Speech and Language pathology, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Clinical diagnostics, Adult and Paediatric Nursing, Paramedic Sciences and other patient facing roles within the health and applied science sector. You will also be supported to stretch and challenge yourself to include the addition of Core Maths, statistics to your study programme.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit a combination of 25% examinations and 75% coursework in each year of the programme.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The course is delivered at Bury St Edmunds, with placement within the local area.

Where will the course take me?

The course will allow you to progress to degree's in Health sector, including Health and Wellbeing, and Health Sciences associated Degrees. Students alternatively may choose to apply for a subject specific apprenticeship.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need to purchase two placement T-shirts, available from the college shop at a cost of around £13 each.

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

How much will it cost?

This course is funded for students aged 16-19

Cost of Educational Visits vary from year to year.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you are interested, do come along to one of the college open events which is a great opportunity to meet the course tutors, ask more questions about the course and meet current students. If you would like to apply, this can be done via the college website.

Days & times

Starting September 2021

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