Health & Social Care Level 3

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Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-4, including:

  • English Grade 9-4
  • Maths Grade 9-4
  • Science Grade 9-4 *

*not essential, but beneficial

  • You may also be able to progress onto this course from  Level 2 Health and Social Care Study Programme.
  • Applicants without Grade 4-9 English and Maths will be offered alternative provision within Health and Social Care, to support them with these essential grades.

Who is this course for?

This course is for aspirational students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Health related sectors, with proven application in a “real world” setting. This T Level has an emphasis on real industry experience and is equivalent to three A Levels.

What will the interview involve?

Prior to the interview, you will be tasked to set a career plan for yourself. You will then have the opportunity to discuss your ambitions and dream role with the tutor, such as Adult Nurse, Mental Health practitioner, or Allied Health Practitioner.

Who is this course for?

The T Level Health is for dedicated and committed young people who aspire to a career in the health sector, as a nurse, paramedic, or other allied health professions.  It is a two year programme at Level 3 and suits individuals who can demonstrate high achievement and self-motivation.

What will the interview involve?

 Interviews will involve questions on your future plans, your aspirations and your opportunity to analyse a current news story with a health-related theme.

What will I learn?

The T Level contains a Technical Qualification which covers the following CORE components:

  • A1 Working within the health and science sector
  • A2 The Healthcare Sector
  • A3 Health, Safety and Environmental Regulations in the Health and Science Sector
  • A4 Health and Safety Regulations applicable to the Health Sector
  • A5 Managing Information and Data within the Health and Science Sector
  • A6 Managing Personal Information
  • A7 Good Scientific and Clinical Practice
  • A8 Providing Person-Centred Care
  • A9 Health and Wellbeing
  • A10 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Specific Settings
  • A11 Safeguarding
  • B1 Core Science Concepts
  • B2 Further Science Concepts
  • Underpinning Requirements for Supporting Healthcare (core skills and behaviours)

Towards the end of the first year, you will begin to specialize in one of the following three Sector Options:

  • Supporting the Adult Nursing Team
  • Supporting the Mental Health Team
  • Supporting the Therapy Teams

Embedded throughout the course will be key skills required to progress to higher academic studies, including:

  • Checking and testing information
  • Supporting points with evidence
  • Self-directed study
  • Self-motivation
  • Thinking for yourself
  • Analysing and synthesizing information / materials
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Working collaboratively
  • Reflecting upon learning and identifying areas for improvement
  • Presenting information in both written and verbal formats
  • Analysing, drawing conclusions, interpreting, and justifying

On this six term course, over two-years, you will be assessed through an exam, industrial placement, employer work-based project and synoptic assessment.

How will I learn?

On this course you benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and be taught in a variety of ways to include workshops, lectures and seminars whilst also undertaking industry placement in a range of settings to help support and underpin the theoretical knowledge gained in class. Digital methods of teaching and learning will be embedded to enable you to access materials at all times.

  • Classroom lectures for your theory sessions
  • Practical activities within the classroom environment for the development of practical skills
  • Independent study including E-Learning activities
  • Industry placement
  • Guest Speakers from industry and university lecturers
  • Work-based projects which will be assessed by your placement supervisors

To achieve this qualification, you must successfully demonstrate your achievement of the core component and one occupational specialism component.  You will be assessed through a combination of examinations (assessing the Core Components), a graded Employer-Set Project, and assignments (assessing the Sector Option element).

Industry placement

Your T Level will include an industry placement with a local employer to develop the practical and technical skills required to work in your chosen occupation. The placement is for a minimum of 315 hours/45 days. The college will also support students to secure a relevant industry placement. You will need to be flexible in your approach to working times.  Whilst two days per week will be put aside onto your timetable for your Industry Placement, the nature of the health sector means that you may be required to work shifts including early mornings or late evenings.   

What qualifications will I get?

You will achieve a T Level (Level 3) Technical Qualification in Health

T Level UCAS Equivalent Points:

UCAS Tariff points    T Level overall grade      A Level
168Distinction* (A* on the core and distinction in the occupational specialism)AAA*
96Pass (C or above on the core)CCC
72Pass (D or E on the core)DDD


T Level is a Level 3 Programme which is an integral part of a learning journey into health-related roles.  Students progress to T Levels after Year 11 or after successfully completing a Level 2 Health and Social Care Study Programme.  Students who succeed on the T Level Health could progress to the following, depending on their chosen occupational specialism:


  • Healthcare Support Worker
  • Adult Social Care Worker / Support Worker / Personal Assistant
  • Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Higher Education:

  • Nursing Degree (one of four branches – Adults, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Children)
  • Degree-level professional qualifications in Allied Health Professions (e.g. Paramedic Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietician)


  • Higher Level Apprenticeships in Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, or Allied Health Professions (according to availability of positions at time of application)
  • Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeships in Adult Social Care (or other job roles, where the content is sufficiently different)

Additional information

This is a full-time course which consists of up to 5 days study and placement a week. You will be required to work in your own time and complete tasks under your own initiative. All students will undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) at the start of the course.

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