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Health and Social Care A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

Lessons in the classroom will include a variety of formats, including group work, individual activities, guest speakers, role-plays, use of case studies and some formal note taking. Some study support is provided in school to help students with their assignments and other homework. Students should also expect to spend up to 2-3 hours per week outside lesson time on homework, background reading and portfolio work. Students will also be given the opportunity to base some of the coursework levels on their work experience placements and outside core organisations.

Course content

During year 12 students will study the following units:

Promoting quality Care This unit is designed to help those who are considering a career in health, social care or early years and to know how to contribute to promoting quality care within a setting. Key areas covered are; attitudes and prejudices; rights and responsibilities of service users and providers; facilitation of access to services; values of care; safe working. An external examination will be taken in June.

Communication in Care Settings In this very practical unit students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the importance of sharp communication skills in the workplace. They will study the use of communication techniques and undertake investigation of communication theories with a view to work within health, social care and early years settings. Students will be required to produce a portfolio by June.

Promoting Good Health This unit investigates the range of lifestyle choices and societal factors that influence health and well-being. Students will investigate the ways in which ill-health can be prevented and the health promotion methods that are used by health and social care practitioners. Students will develop an understanding of the attitudes and prejudices that influence the health and well-being of service users. Students will plan and conduct a small health campaign and be required to produce a portfolio by June.

During year 13 students will study the following units:

Care Practice and Provision Students will learn of the importance for all workers in the health, social care and early years care and education services to understand their role in meeting individual needs and how working in teams can support their work. Students will be required to produce a portfolio by Dec of year 13.

Understanding Human Behaviour Students will gain an understanding of the influences that can affect growth and development. They will also learn about the concepts of the theories that can be used to explain behaviour across different life stages and how these are applied in care settings. An external examination will be taken in June of year 13.

Child Development Students will learn about the patterns of development of children from birth to 8 years old. They need to understand the factors that influence development, including exploring theories about play. Students will plan and make a learning aid for a child as part of their assessment, which will be completed by a portfolio based on the study of a child up to 8 years old.

Entry requirements

At least one B grade in an essay-based subject is required as part of the normal entry requirements.


Exams and Portfolio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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