Social Science


Available Courses

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (3 A Levels), Diploma (2 A Levels)

This subject will suit you if:

  • You wish to follow a career in Health & Social Care.
  • You enjoy learning through practical and work related tasks.
  • You prefer continual assesment rather than exams.
  • You like to learn through work experience placments.

Extended BTEC is equivalent to three A Levels for students who are totally committed to a career within Health and Social Care.

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AS and A Level

This subject will suit you if:

  • You have an interest in human behaviour and the motives behind our behaviour.
  • You are literate and articulate and prepared to ask questions and contribute to discussions.
  • You have a critical and enquiring mind and accept that human behaviour can be studied scientifically.
  • Believe that an understanding of human psychology can be put into practice to help improve the lives of individuals and groups in society.

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AS and A Level

This subject will suit you if:

  • You are open minded and willing to look at familiar things in different ways.
  • You have an interest in current affairs and the society around you.
  • You enjoy discussions, debates and have an enquiring mind.
  • You are a good communicator who enjoys essay writing.

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Success Story – Hannah Beaumont

Hannah decided from very early on in her time at College that she wanted to be a Paramedic and applied to various universities as competition for the courses was very high.
She has been working for the North West Ambulance Service (East Manchester Division) since November 2011, and recently passed her advanced driving test meaning she is qualified to work on the Rapid Response Vehicles.

Hannah has been nominated for an award by her division in recognition of the way she stayed calm and carried out her duties as the first paramedic on the scene at a major incident in Shaw.

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Psychology, Applied Science, PE

After OSFC:

University of Sheffield – Higher National Diploma in Paramedic Practice

Why I chose this subject…

I chose this college because of its high standards and high achievement rates and the fact it offers a wide choice of subjects that others don’t – such as Citizenship.
It offers a safe, secure and well-kept environment to study and excel in and the tutors work with you to help you learn. OSFC has allowed me to meet new people, learn a variety of new subjects and enjoy myself while doing so.Hannah Beaumont

Additional Activities

  • Forensic Psychology Conference
  • Health and Social Care charity fundraisers
  • Visiting speakers


Popular Combinations

These subjects combine well with each other, but you can also choose to study one alongside a variety of A Levels from a range of disciplines.

Popular choices include:

Possible Progression

At Level 3, these subjects can lead to a wide range of HE courses and careers. Students can progress to Degree or Diploma courses in areas such as Nursing, Social Work, Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Clinical or Educational Psychology, Management, HR or Journalism.

The Level 2 course is an excellent foundation for the Level 3 course and for entry into a range of Health and Social care careers.


Results 2015

Topic %
Health and Social Care (BTEC) 98
Psychology 100
Sociology 100