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Health and Social Care (single award-equivalent to 1 A Level) AS/A Level 3 at The John Wallis Church of England Academy

Course description

Course title



HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (Single Award – 1 A-Level Equivalent)

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Course content

A-level Health and Social Care covers areas which are essential to Health and Social Care such as:

  • rights and responsibilities
  • service provision
  • understanding human behaviour


This specification gives students a greater awareness of current issues and prepares them for higher education or the world of work.

At AS Students will complete 1 mandatory unit and one optional unit and the same at A2. The mandatory units are as follows;

  • Unit One – Effective Care and Communication
  • Unit Six – Practitioner Roles


The optional units students can choose from include;

  • Unit Two – Understanding Health Conditions and Patient Care Pathways
  • Unit Three – Life as a Challenge
  • Unit Four – Educating Children and Young People
  • Unit Five – Learning and Development
  • Unit Seven – Food and Fitness
  • Unit Eight – Using and Understanding Research
  • Unit Nine – Understanding Mental Health Disorders
  • Unit Ten – Diagnosis, Treatment and Preventative Strategies


AS: 54% coursework and 46% Written Exam

One coursework portfolio and one written examination.


A2: 54% coursework and 46% Written Exam

One coursework portfolio and one written examination.


This qualification is equivalent on ONE GCE A Levels.

Career opportunities

This qualification can provide career opportunities in all areas of the Health and Social Care sector for example Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Paramedics, Paediatrics, Dentistry, Counselling, Midwifery, Teaching, Police Service, Social work and Nursery Nursing.

Entry Requirement

Students should have achieved give GCSE's grade C or above including English and Maths. It would be desirable to have completed the subject at GCSE however, this is not a pre-requisite.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John Wallis Church of England Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years