Health & Social Care

Effective Caring and Communication


Studying Health and Social Care can be a gateway into a number of different very rewarding career options, from nursing, medicine, health studies, managing health and care services, social policy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, radiography, social work or youth work.

Within the subject we learn about effective communication with patients and service users and overcoming barriers to communication in the workplace; skills which are useful in all areas of life.

Teaching and Learning Methods

A Level Health and Social Care has been designed to form qualifications which provide knowledge and understanding of this vocational area.

Methods of Teaching

Students will learn as part of a group or independently using the following methods;
Interactive lectures, tutorials, practical activities, presentations, case study, research and analysis.

Method of Assessment

Units will be assessed through coursework and examination.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS Single Award) – 50% of total A Level Award.
A second stage, called A2—50% of the total award.

Qualifications Available

GCE Advanced Subsidiary Single Award
2 AS units (Units 1 and 3) which can be done either in year 12 or 13.
GCE Advanced Level Single Award
2 AS units (Units 1and 3), plus 2 A2 units (6 and 7)


Unit Course Title Assessment
Unit 1 Effective Caring and Communication Coursework
Unit 3 Life as a Challenge Exam


Unit Course Title Assessment
Unit 6 Working in Health and Social Coursework
Unit 4 Food and Fitness Exam

Course Requirements

Students are required to have achieved a minimum of Level 4 in English and Maths.  A Level 5 in these subjects is desirable if students wish to pursue their studies at Level 5 in midwifery.  A Level 4 in Science is also required for midwifery, but is desirable for other areas.  Other circumstances or teachers recommendation will be considered.  The requirement for a Grade 4 in English is borne out of the extensive writing required.  Students need to display a range of skills including interpretation, justification and analysis and need to be able to convey an in-depth understanding of Health & Social care themes through the use of professional terminology and evidence within answers.  As a result, students need the ability to construct portfolio work which is coherent and succinct.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for any student who wishes to pursue a career within the Health & Social Care sector.  It will prepare students for a range of professions within the industry.  It is suitable for students who wish to learn at their own pace and learn by applying theory.  It is suitable for students who wish to enter the workplace at the end of their Key Stage 5 education.  The real workplace knowledge is a stepping stone to full employment and so students need to be prepared to spend a minimum of 75 hours of the course in a workplace environment and be willing to develop their skills, show independence and demonstrate the skills they have learned in the classroom.  Students must also be able to manage their time effectively in order to meet deadlines and manage their workload efficiently.

Where could this course take you?

This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in working in the social/healthcare sector, particularly for those considering a career in nursing, midwifery, health visiting, childcare or pre-school/nursery assistant. The course also provides foundations for students wishing to pursue a career in social care or counselling.  The course is also suitable, as part of a wider programme, for those aspiring to enter into primary school education and teaching as well as social work .  This course provides the foundations for further education through courses at University.


Contact Mrs Simpson directly for more information on this course.

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