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Health and Social Care (Double) at Sheldon School

Course description

This course aims to extend post 16 Science provision to those students who would prefer to study through a more vocational style course. It is designed to give qualifications that provide knowledge and understanding in the area of health and social care through active experience in health and social care environments. This will be achieved through a variety of approaches including work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research.

Course content

Year 12

  • Unit 1 Promoting quality care (external examination)
  • Unit 2 Communication in care settings (external portfolio)
  • Unit 3 Promoting good health (external portfolio)
  • Unit 9 Caring for older people (external examination)
  • Unit 6 Working in early years care and education (external portfolio)
  • Unit 8 Complementary therapies (external portfolio)

Year 13

  • Unit 10 Care practice and provision (external portfolio)
  • Unit 11 Understanding human behaviour (external examination)
  • Unit 15 Social trends (external examination)
  • Unit 13 Child development (external portfolio)
  • Unit 14 Mental Health issues (external portfolio)
  • Unit 16 Research methods in Health and Social Care (external portfolio)

Entry requirements

Students should meet Sheldon School’s entry requirements for the Sixth Form.


Twelve units will be studied over this two year course. Six of the units equate to one AS Double Award. A further six units results in the GCE Double Award. Units will be delivered so that one double AS level may be awarded at the end of Year 12. Students choosing this course should commit themselves to both Year 12 and Year 13.

The course has a large emphasis on externally moderated portf olio work, built up as a result of extended research, visits, work experience and independent study. Some of the units are examined.

Future opportunities

Particularly useful if you wish to pursue studies in any Health and Social Care based HND/ Degree courses; and careers in any of the Health Professions and related support services such as Occupati onal Therapy, Radiography, Midwifery, Social Work, Mental Healthcare, Nursing, Sports Science, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health.

Should the course become oversubscribed preference will be shown to applicants with evidence of a high level of commitment towards any coursework completed at GCSE level. A firm commitment to pursuing Health and Social Care based training and/or career at the end of §Sixth Form study could also be a factor.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

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