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Health & Social Care AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

For AS single award there are three equally weighted compulsory units which are:

  • Promoting Quality Care (examination) How can we ensure that health and social care organisations provide the best possible service? How can legislation prevent discrimination against staff and service users?
  • Communication in the Care Setting (portfolio) You will investigate the different types of communication skills used in care settings
  • Promoting Good Health (portfolio) How can ill health be prevented? What health-promotion methods do health-and-social-care practitioners use?

For A2 there are three further equally weighted units:

  • Care Practice and Provision (portfolio) How do demographic factors influence the organisation and provision of health, social care and early-years services in the local area?
  • Understanding Human Behaviour (examination) How can psychology help us understand why service users act in certain ways? How do genetic and socio-economic factors influence human behaviour?
  • Child Development (portfolio) Looking at the development of 0 – 8 year-olds, you will discover why children play and how they develop. You will design a learning aid for a child.

Entry requirements

Health and Social Care GCE Applied is equivalent to one A level and therefore has the same minimum entry requirements as for A levels, 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English.


The course is assessed using a variety of methods which include:

  • Short answer tests
  • Written assignments
  • Projects
  • Case studies

Assessment for AS grade is by one third external examination and two thirds coursework. In A2 study, three units of equal weighting (one third each) are submitted including one external examination and two coursework units.

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs may include care assistant, some areas of nursing and social care, some administrative positions with NHS or Social Services. Graduate jobs may include lifestyle consultant, health promotion specialist, health service manager, nutritional therapist, physiotherapist, social worker, charity officer, civil service administrator, counsellor, FE lecturer, local government administrator, medical sales executive, sports administrator.

Further information

Students will have access to a variety of texts, journals and information technology. There will also be visits to local care facilities, speakers from the various professions, organised work experience and the opportunity to attend open days and student conferences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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