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Health and Social Care A Level at Pensby High School

Course description

You will study a wide range of provisions in the care sector, for example, health, early-years care and education and social care. As well as looking at each individual provision you will also consider how they integrate to provide a care service.

You will be able to;

  • Develop and sustain an interest in health, early-years care and education, social care and
    issues affecting the care sector
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of health, early-years care and education and issues
    affecting the health and social care sector
  • Develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector

including skills of research, evaluation and problem-solving in a work related context

  • Apply knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Prepare for further study and training.

Course content

At AS level you will focus on the needs of clients and the techniques and professional services
aimed at meeting those needs. You will be assessed in the following key areas of study:

  • Rights, responsibilities and values
  • Communication in care settings
  • Health and well-being.

At A2 you will develop AS content through addressing the factors affecting, and issues
involved in, service delivery. You will be assessed in the following key areas of study:

  • Service provision and practitioner roles
  • Understanding human behaviour and development
  • Their ability to draw together aspects of these areas in a variety of contexts

Entry requirements

You must have at least 5 GCSEs grade A*-C.
Though it will be of benefit, you do not need to have studied BTEC Childcare, Learning and Development.

Assessment

Your AS course consists of three units. One is assessed by external examination; the remaining two are assessed by coursework. Each unit is worth one third of your AS level. You must pass all three units to continue onto A2 level.

Similarly, your A2 course consists of three units. One is assessed by external examination; the remaining two are assessed by coursework. Each unit is worth one third of your A2 level.

Financial information

Work experience is an essential component of this course. While you will not be expected to purchase any specific equipment for your placement, you may be expected to wear smart clothing. It will also be your responsible to arrange transport to and from these places, and you will therefore need to pay for your own transport costs.

Future opportunities

While university is a popular route for most students, this course does prepare you for practical careers in the social care profession. As well as preparing you for the more traditional roles such as nursing and midwifery this course also introduces you to emerging careers include Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Criminology, and Counselling.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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