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Health and Social Care AS/A2 at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

The Health and Social Care sector is undergoing radical and rapid change. Developments in frontline health and social care mean there's a demand for well-trained and multi-skilled people across a range of rewarding employment opportunities.

The course is two thirds coursework and so would suit students who perform well in coursework assessment. It is a vocational course so students are required to apply their knowledge to health, social care or childcare settings. Students who are able to experience appropriate work based or voluntary experience in a health, care or early years setting will be able to bring their experience into their portfolio work.

Course content

AS course content

Communication in care settings:

This unit investigates the different types of communication skills used in care settings and their purpose. This will include oral, non-verbal, written, computerised and any special methods used in the care settings. Candidates will also find out how effective communication values individuals and promotes health and well-being.

Promoting good health:

This unit investigates the range of lifestyle choices and societal factors which influence health and well-being. Candidates will investigate the ways in which ill-health can be prevented and the health-promotion methods that are used by health-and-social-care practitioners. Candidates will develop an understanding of the attitudes and prejudices which influence individuals’ health and well-being.

Promoting quality care:

For candidates considering a career in health, social care or early years, it will be important to know how they can contribute to promoting quality care within a setting.

A level course content

Care practice and provision:

It is important for all workers in the health, social care and early-years care and education services to understand their role in meeting individual needs and how working in partnership can support their work. Health care practitioners also need to understand the importance of quality assurance in raising the standard of care provided and how national policy and legislation affects service provision locally.

Understanding human behaviour and development:

This unit provides an understanding of the influences that can affect growth and development and of the concepts and theories that can be used to explain human behaviour across different life stages.

Mental Health Issues:

This unit explores the concepts, types, causes and images of mental health, and the influence the media has on society's perception and treatment of individuals with mental-health needs. This unit also examines how people with mental-health needs are supported by practitioners. The role of legislation in relation to people with mental-health needs is also explored.

Entry requirements

Standard requirements


The course style is a combination of applied course work modules and external examination modules.

In the AS year students will complete Communication in Care Settings as a course work module, which will include a large written analysis of communication methods, theory and application and include off site visits to a care provider to experience first-hand application of their communication research. Additional units are Promoting Quality Care and Promoting Good Health which look at all aspects of care promotion and provision.

Future opportunities

Successful students can progress onto a variety of university degree and diploma courses, or full time employment.

Previous students have followed careers in: teaching, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, animal husbandry, sports science and paramedical courses; as well as non-related courses such as history, industrial architecture and geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2016
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