Intermediate Certificate in Health and Social Care

Is the Course for me?

This course has a high employability value. The units are focused on the knowledge employers in Health & Social Care require, in order to work with vulnerable individuals such as individuals with Dementia or Sensory Loss.
It serves as a stepping stone to progress on to a level 3 Diploma in HSC and HE to become a Nurse, Social Worker or work as a Care Assistant in a care home with the elderly.
The knowledge you have obtained could enable you to progress within the organisation you work in.

What is involved?

The course has a range of units to be completed. They vary from Protection & Safeguarding, Care of the Elderly to Disability Awareness and Understanding sensory loss. It also includes overall knowledge about Communication, Duty of Care and Equality and Inclusion. Case studies are used to demonstrate application of knowledge.

This is an assignment based qualification. All assignments are internally and externally assessed through a range of assessment methods. Examples of assessments methods used on this programme include observations, presentations, reports, posters and essays.
Flexibility is provided for any learner with SEN; support is available from the SEN team. The maintenance of high standards is our priority, in order to make the lessons interesting and stimulating for all learners.

Work Experience opportunity 
As part of the programme you will conduct a two week work placement in a Health and Social Care environment. This will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge into a practical work setting.
Enrichment Activities 
A range of Enrichment activities are incorporated within the programme. Examples of Enrichment activities conducted are sport activities, workshops, outings and debates. There is also the opportunity to request other enrichment activities that you have an interest in.
I – Learning Sessions 
This is additional time embedded in your programme for independent study. This time is used to work through assignments, complete homework activities and conduct wider reading and research to assist learning.
Support Tutorials 
Group and one to one tutorials are set up on the programme to further assist you with successfully completing the course. Support tutorials are at flexible times to meet your needs. This could occur during the daytime and evenings. Personal Learning Plan Sessions 
A course tutor will be allocated to you on the programme. Your course tutor will be working with you to set realistic targets that will enable you to achieve. Your targets will be monitored weekly by your tutor and yourself.


Progress to a Level 3 HSC course, a Traineeship programme or employment. There are always opportunities to volunteer in a HSC organisation, with the opportunity of further training or Apprenticeship.
You can also progress to the Access courses in HSC, Early Years or Health Sciences in order to go to HE.

Course Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs Grade A* - D including English & Maths and/or equivalent
  • Initial Diagnostic Assessment has to be completed before you are enrolled; you need to achieve L1 English, diagnostic 60% or above to be accepted on to the Level 2 course.
  • This is to ensure you are put on the right course at the right level