We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Health & Social Care at Andover College is like. Scroll down to learn more about our courses and what you can expect to learn then try your hand at the Care Plan Activity and accompanying Case Studies. 

If you have any questions about the course please get in touch, email -AskBusinessLawCare@Sparsholt.ac.uk

Be sure to take a look at all the extra-curricular activities you will have the chance to do at Andover and investigate all the additional support we can offer at Andover College through our Careers and Wellbeing teams! 

Meet your lecturers!

About the course 

There are so many varied and rewarding career pathways available in Health & Social Care including, teaching, midwifery, paramedic, therapist, or mental health practitioner among many others! At Andover College our lecturers have both professional and academic qualifications in a wide range of Health & Social Care settings and up to date professional practice is a focus for all our staff. 

The Health & Social Care department has put together an interesting presentation explaining the subject in greater depth. Watch the presentation and then complete the Care Plan activity workbook. 

Student Experience 

Former Andover College student Mia explains her decision to take Psychology, Maths and Health & Social Care, why she chose Andover College and the support available. Mia is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Surrey.

New Activity!

Take a look at the work book below and learn more about Human Lifespan Development. We also recommend you watch the Netflix series 'Babies', if you have access to this service, you can find the trailer below. 

Human Lifespan Development Document

Introduction to Health & Social Care

DBS Checks: Important Information 

Anyone who works with children or vulnerable people must have a complete and in-date DBS check. At Andover College as a Health and Social Care student you will undertake various work placements throughout your studies. This will provide you with invaluable practical experience demonstrating how your academic studies can be applied for a career in the field. 

As a result of this you will need to have a DBS check certificate. When you join Andover College your lecturers will talk to you about this and help arrange for your DBS to be completed. You do not need to worry about this now as we will help you with this when you get to college. Please take a look at the document below which will explain the process further and get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.


Health & Social Care DBS Documentation

Trips, Activities and Guest Speakers!

As a Health & Social Care student you will benefit from the fantastic industry connections lecturers and academic staff have at Andover College! 

We actively encourage all students to practice their skills in the 'real-world' and enjoy arranging inspirational speakers and interesting visits throughout the year. Take a look at the previous trips and speakers students have engaged with! 

Please note all pictures were taken prior to 2020. 

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Student visit to Enham Trust, Andover. 

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Fantastic session delivered by Hearing Dogs for the Deaf at College!

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Arts and crafts delivered at Andover Mencap. 

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Sensory room at Andover Mencap. 

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Students completed a risk assessment at Glo-Golf Andover - followed by a game of course!

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Session delivered by local social services for Andover students. 

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Visit to Andover Fire Station. 

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Therapy dog visit in class!

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Raising money for MacMillan - fantastic work! 

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End of year Paintballing! 


Our Courses: 

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care (1 Year)

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (1-2 Years)

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma/National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (1-2 Years) 

As part of the level 2 and 3  Health and Social Care course all students will complete a work placement in a health/social care environment throughout the academic year. A dedicated placement day will form a part of our student’s weekly timetable and there will be group tutorial sessions throughout the year, in order to complete time sheets and portfolios.

If you have any questions, please email Ashley at: ip@sparsholt.ac.uk 

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T Levels are a new qualification after GCSE that will take your future to the next level.

From September 2022, the college has been selected to deliver T Levels in a range of subjects including Health (Nursing). T Levels are a new, two year qualification for students aged 16 to 19. They have been developed in collaboration with employers and providers to meet the needs of industry and to prepare students for work.  

When taking a T Level qualification, you will spend 80% of your time in the classroom and the other 20% in an industry placement. Through this you will learn the skills needed in your chosen industry and then be able to put those skills into practice. You will spend at least 45 days, each year of the course, in your industry placement, giving you valuable experience to help you stand out against the rest. 

T Levels are nationally recognised by universities and employers. They also hold UCAS points as they are equivalent to three A Levels.

Explore our campus!

Andover College Campus. 


Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We also have at the college Romeo our therapy dog! Romeo is part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to wellbeing provision for students. Romeo is based on campus with his owner throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. 


Additional Resources 

Once you have completed the various activities put together by the department take a look at these additional resources to develop your interests and skills further! 

TV programme and documentary recommendations: 

  • Can Gerry Robinson fix Dementia Care Homes- Episode 2.
  • Panorama- On the NHS Front line
  • Secret Life of 4 Year Olds

The Open University has a variety of free online courses available in an array of different subjects. Take a look at the catalogue to choose your course! Here. 

Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 




Open Events

Learn more about Andover College at our next Open Event!

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