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Health & Social Care AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

A student-centred approach to learning is adopted. There is often no set answer to a given problem and as such discussion plays a major role in lessons. Students will work individually and in groups and will have the opportunity to forge links with the health and social care sector.

Course content

The units are designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the key aspects of Health and Social Care and include units on:

  • Health conditions and patient pathways
  • Effective Caring and communication
  • Life as a challenge
  • Food and fitness
  • Education children and young people
  • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Entry requirements

The most important attributes are an interest in and an enthusiasm for health and social care.

As with all Advanced Level courses, five GCSE’s at Grade C or above, preferably including English at grade C. Alternatively BTEC Health and Social Care at Distinction standard is required.


Assessed by a combination of external assessment (externally set and marked) and internal assessment (portfolio evidence). Each unit is assessed by one method only.

Future opportunities

The course offers students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which will prepare them for entry into employment in the health and social care sector or into Higher Education.

There are now degree courses in Health and Social Care at some Universities. Career prospects are excellent in fields such as nursing, midwifery, health visiting, occupational therapy , primary teaching, social work or any other caring profession.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Netherthorpe School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years