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Health and Social Care A Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

The health and care sector is vast, comprising the statutory, private and voluntary provision of care services. Within this field there is a diverse range of career opportunities for healthcare professionals. This course is aimed at those looking for employment in this sector, for example, nursing, medicine, early-years education, social services and elderly care to name but a few. 

Learning is a combination of group work, individual study, presentations involving theoretical and practical study. There will be guest speakers to help deliver and complement aspects of the course. 

Course content

This course covers a number of core subject areas including communication skills, equal opportunities and health promotion; optional units are wide ranging to suit many career aims and include child development, working in early years care and education and health as lifestyle choices, understanding human behaviour, mental health issues and social trends. 

The AS GCE – Year 1

The Advanced Subsidiary is made up of three mandatory units, two course work modules and one external examination. The units you will be studying are:

Core (mandatory units)

  • Promoting Quality Care
  • Communication in Care Settings
  • Promoting Good Health 

The Advanced GCE – Year 2

The Advanced GCE is made up of the three units at AS level and a further three units at A2.The skills knowledge and understanding required for the second half of the course are more demanding, including higher level concepts and a requirement to draw together knowledge and skills from across the course. The units you will be studying are:

Mandatory Units

  • Care Practice and Provision

Optional Units

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mental-Health Issues


Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs including English and Maths at grade C or above (including vocational courses). 


Promoting Quality Care and Anatomy and Physiology are all externally assessed written papers. The other units are internally assessed through portfolio work.

Future opportunities

Students may progress onto a Degree or other Higher Education qualification or employment in the Health and Social Care Sector. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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