Health and Social Care (Level 3)

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Cambridge Open college

Course Provider

    Based in Rotherham

Regions covered


How to book

    Use the course enquiry form on the right or call them on 0843 886 0310.

Training Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Online/Distance Learning
  • Suitable for: Individual



The Health and Social Care course has been specifically developed by professionals, and offers students the competencies, skills and insights required in all fields of the health and social care sector.

Following a linear structure, the course has been designed to be both thorough and highly enjoyable. You’ll start by focussing on applicable legislation and background information of the National Health Service. You’ll then move on to child development, gaining rich insight into many of the common health issues that affect most of us, at some point of our lives. These issues include common illnesses and devastating conditions such as cancer. You’ll also learn about the impact of drugs and alcohol, as well as mental health conditions.


Separated into 8 fascinating and enriching units, the Health and Social Care course first gives attention to the National Health Service (NHS). The subject of on-going debate, the NHS is at the very core of care delivery in the UK. However, very few people actually understand its inner workings and the history behind it. You will explore both in detail, and trace its evolution across the last decades. You will also look at legislation, studying the regulations and legal compliance requirements that govern those working in the health and social care fields.

Building on the understanding you will develop, you will then progress onto the role of the childcare and education sectors, along with the control, coordination and administrative operations carried out by OFSTED, in its role as industry regulator. In the later stages of the course, you will move on to the practical and often sensitive issues surrounding care and abuse; including domestic violence, child and elder abuse, debilitating illnesses and mental health conditions. You will learn about delivering effective yet compassionate care, ensuring both you and those in your care remain safe and dignified, at all times.


A reasonable level of literacy is required is required for this level 3 course. However, we have designed the Health and Social Care course to be accessible to keen students, and if you have an interest in this area, we welcome your application. Upon your enrolment, you will be sent a study guide to ease you into life at Cambridge Open College. You will also be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your time with us, who will be on hand to offer guidance.

Unit 1 – The National Health Service

Timeline of the NHS
Professional Roles in the NHS
Accident and Emergency Services
Minor Injuries Unit
Walk-In Centres

Unit 2 – Health & Social Care Legislation

Human Rights Act
Health Act
Mental Health Act
Mental Capacity Act
Suicide Act
Children Acts
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Equalities Act

Unit 3 – Human Growth & Development

Definition and Phases of Growth
Stages of Development
Life Expectancy
Quality of Life Issues
Psychological Health
Physical Quality
Poverty in the UK
Stress Management
Unit 4 – Ill Health
Concepts of health
Cerebral palsy
Cystic fibrosis
Down’s syndrome

Unit 5 – Child Care

Early years
The National Curriculum
Office for Standards in Education
Fostering Services

Unit 6 – Mental Health

Depressive Conditions
Drug and Substance Addiction
Eating Disorders
Personality Disorders

Unit 7 – Social Care

Ethical Practice
Care Planning
Access to Services

Unit 8 – Abuse

Types of Abuse
Child Abuse
Domestic Violence
Elder Abuse
Staying Safe

Upon your graduation, Cambridge Open College will award you with a diploma. In addition, because this course has been recognised by Focus Awards, a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), you will also receive a certificate from Focus Awards. Only students on courses that meet Focus Award’s high standards are eligible to receive these.

This course will equip you with the key competencies, skills and insights required for a career in the health and social care sector. It will also allow you to transition into further study at a higher level.

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