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Health and Social Care - Single Award A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

The A level course in Health and Social Care is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of this vocational area. It is an ideal course for students who want a broad background in Health and Social Care, which will allow them to progress onto further / higher education, training and employment.

The philosophy of this specification is that the student’s learning is applied to a range of work-related contexts. This is applied through a variety of opportunities including work experience, case studies, research and presentations.

Course content

AS LEVEL Two units will be studied over the course of Year 12:

Unit 1 – Effective Care and Communication (Portfolio) This unit introduces students to the communication skills used in care settings. It also introduces some of the factors that are required for a good quality of life and some of the skills and techniques practitioners can use in order to treat people well.

Unit 2 – Understanding Health Conditions and Patient Care Pathways (Written paper) This unit aims to develop knowledge of a range of health conditions, and the appropriate care pathways which are commonly followed based on a patient-centred approach to care.

A2 LEVEL Two units will be studied over the course of Year 13:

Unit 6 – Practitioner Roles (Portfolio)* This unit aims to increase understanding of the world of work in health, social care, children and young people and community justice sectors.

Unit 10 – Diagnosis, Treatment and Preventative Strategies (Written Paper)* This unit introduces students to a variety of diagnostic techniques and the principles and key points of practice of a range of common medical treatments.

Entry requirements

Grade C in English at GCSE Level.



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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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