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Health and Social Care AS/A Level at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

All specifications in Health and Social Care aim to be applied to the care sector whose contexts include health, early-years care and education, social care and are to take account of the integration of services.

The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates 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.

How will I learn?

This qualification is designed to offer students a choice of routes into higher education and employment. The course is sufficiently flexible to allow students to study other AS Level subjects. The 3 units of study is equivalent to an AS level, a combination of different 6 units of study. Work placements may also be incorporated into the programme at specific times of the year.

Entry requirements

Skills and attributes that students need to be successful:

  • The ability to research independently and in groups and to present and organise findings
  • The ability to evaluate and interpret data in a practical context and to draw conclusions
  • To communicate clearly orally and in writing, to present information and ideas
  • To work as a member of a team to solve problems
  • To organise work schedules and meet deadlines

The course is only available through the medium of the English language. It is highly recommended that students must have passed at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above. Due to the complexity of the specialist and theoretical language used it would be advantageous if students possessed a grade B or higher in English language at GCSE.



Unit 1 (Exam)     Promoting Quality Care

Unit 2    Communication in care settings

Unit 3    Promoting Good Health

Unit 6    Working in Early Years Care and Education

Unit 7    Health as a Lifestyle Choice

Unit 9 (Exam)     Caring for Older People



The following units are additional to the AS units of work

Unit 10 Care Practice and Provision

Unit 11 (Exam) Understanding Human Behaviour

Unit 12 (Exam) Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 13 Child Development

Unit 14 Mental Health Issues

Unit 16 Research Methods in Health and Social Care

All the units are compulsory, however, for the internally assessed units there are options built into the units to allow students to pursue their own interests by applying theoretical knowledge to a particular client group and allowing students to gain a broader range of experiences.

External assessment will be through a written examination.

The A2 external assessments are:

• Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care

• Unit 9: Caring for Older People


The A2 external assessments are:

• Unit 11:Understanding Human Behaviour

• Unit 12: Anatomy and Physiology in Practice

The AS units introduce students to fundamental knowledge and concepts relating to the health and social care sector, which are further extended and added to by the A2 units.

Future opportunities

Progression routes from the course are wide and varied, from degree and diploma studies in a wide range of fields, to employment in the Health, Social Care or Early Years sectors.

The Health and Social course combines well with almost all AS and A level subjects. The combination of subjects you choose to study depends upon your career aims. For example, Health and Social Care (Double Award) taken with a Science A level, supports applications for a degree in Radiography, Nursing or Midwifery, or with one of a range of A levels, it supports applications for teacher training or social work.

Job Ideas!

Social Work; Occupational Therapy; Health Studies; Nutrition; Social Science and Criminology; Primary Teaching; Adult/Paediatric Nursing/Midwifery; Childcare; Care of the Elderly; Teaching; Pharmacy Technician; Dental Nursing; Police Force; Paramedic etc

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

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