Health and Social Care - Principles and Contexts (L3 Certificate and Diploma)

This course is available in Welsh

Course Overview

This two year course examines a variety of current and topical issues in the health and social care sector.

Areas of study include:

  • factors that affect human growth and development
  • common illnesses, diseases and disorders, and how they may be prevented and controlled
  • provision of health and social care: adults, children's and young people's services
  • promoting quality care and communication
  • promoting good health.
  • engagement strategies to support individuals in a range of care settings
  • understanding human behaviour – psychological theories
  • understanding mental health and well-being
  • promoting the rights of adults, children and young people

You will study the Welsh Baccalaureate alongside this course. These qualifications will require a set work placement. 

You must complete a DBS prior to enrolling on the course. Cost is approximately £40.

Elements of this course can be delivered through the medium of Welsh.

Updated October 2021

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English, maths and science. 

Course Delivery

These qualifications will be assessed through a combination of two external written assessments and two non-exam assessments.

Progression Opportunities

Foundation Degree in Early Childhood at Gower College Swansea.

Relevant careers sectors could include:

  • Health
  • Social Care
  • Early Years
  • Speech and Language therapy
  • Psychology
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational therapy
  • Education

The qualifications could also lead to further education and training within the suite of Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications including:

  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People)

Additional Information

Polo shirts are £10 and you will need two.

There may be additional costs involved for trips and these will be explained as they arise.

Course deliverable in Welsh: