Health and Social Care Level 3 with Industry Placement

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This new Health Pathway is designed with NHS partners to fast track your career in the NHS.

This programme is a mix of college-based study, training in simulated environments, some mandatory training in the hospital at the start of your placement, work experience in your first year in a care setting and a 45-day Hospital Industry Placement in your second year.

The hospitals supporting this pathway and hosting industry placements are:


Churchill Hospital*


Abingdon Community Hospital

Horton General Hospital*‚Äč


Bicester Community Hospital

John Radcliffe Hospital*



Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre*




Heatherwood Hospital


Royal Berkshire Hospital

Wexham Park Hospital



*Guaranteed interviews when your Industry Placement is at these hospitals

The roles you could progress to are:

  • Nursing Associate Trainee (Level 5 Apprenticeship)
  • Roles leading to nursing degrees
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Support Worker
  • Play Specialist
  • Paramedic
  • Biomedical Science Apprentice with Pathway to Oxford Brookes Biomedical Science Degree (Oxford University Hospitals only)

For a no-obligation discussion regarding your career progression on this programme, contact us now to book in a free, one-to-one chat with one of our expert career advisors.

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and gives you a number of other benefits, including:

  • Direct entry to employment with a guaranteed interview offered by four of our local partner hospitals
  • Job interviews for roles with training to degree level (eg: Nursing)
  • On-the-job experience putting you in the best place possible to progress into work
  • Variety of experiences so you can better identify the area in which you want to specialise
  • You will graduate with the qualifications to progress to university or employment
  • Industry developed curriculum; practical not theoretical
  • Underpinned by a BTEC Extended diploma which will earn you the UCAS points needed for university entry

What I'll learn

Get a broad introduction to the field of health and social care through projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and supervised work experience.

This programme includes modules across pharmacy, adult nursing, midwifery, mental health, healthcare science, children and young people.

At the end of the course you may decide to go directly into work or you could enter higher education. Possible careers include nursing, midwifery, social work, social care work, care management, occupational therapy or other professions related to medicine.

Throughout this course you will learn the necessary knowledge and skills that you will need in order to be successful in a career in the care sector. You will learn about the various care settings, as well as get a chance to apply all you've learnt during the course into a practical setting during your work experience.


How I'll learn

This is a two-year programme that includes a minimum of 45 days industry placement.

The purpose of these placements is two fold:

  • You gain practical, real-life experience of working in your desired profession and gain practical, hands-on knowledge to help you graduate from the programme
  • You build relationships with potential colleagues and employers; it helps you get your foot in the door at your desired workplace


How I'll be assessed

All units are internally assessed and graded. A selected sample are externally assessed and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded at the end of the course.

You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities.

Work placements in health and care settings are essential to the course and provide valuable links between theory and practice.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English language and maths or Merit at Vocational Level 2 in a related subject.

If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in GCSE maths you will be required to be working towards achieving this alongside your course.

Positive references and a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this course.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.