Intermediate Certificate in Health & 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 Stroke.

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 15 units to be completed. They vary from Protection & Safeguarding, Dealing with loss & Grief to Disability Awareness and Introduction to the Autistic Spectrum. It also includes overall knowledge about Communication, Duty of Care and Equality and Inclusion. Case studies are used to demonstrate application of knowledge.

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.

The work is internally assessed and there are no exams. The three mandatory units are Duty of Care in Health and Social Care, Equality and Inclusion and Communication in Health and Social Care.

Various assessment methods are used to ensure learning & teaching has taken place such as peer assessment, case studies, practical demonstration, role play, presentations and written assignments. 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.


Progress to a level two Diploma in HSC; then to a level three HSC course or work in a Care Home. 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.