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Health and Social Care A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Do you want a career that makes a difference to peoples’ lives? Are you interested in working with people from different backgrounds? Do you want to improve your care and communication skills? Have you thought about working in areas such as child care, education, social work, nursing and medicine?

If your answer is yes to any of these then you should consider studying Health and Social Care at A level. 

Students of Health and Social Care will gain a greater awareness and understanding of current issues such as employment, service provision, rights and responsibilities within the work place, and health and wellbeing.

Course content

During the AS course you will learn how to effectively care for, and communicate with people with different needs such as the elderly, children and people with disabilities.

You will also learn about a range of care settings such as hospitals, schools and care homes.

You will also learn why some people within society don’t receive the help they need, how this can lead to people being treated badly, and how this can also be overcome. This is particularly the case for people that face challenges in everyday life, such as people with mental health challenges and those who are young carers.

These aspects are explored in more detail at A2 where the focus is on evaluating different careers within the health and social care sector which have a link to human learning and development.

Entry requirements

An active interest in care and the skills needed to care are important.

You will need to keep up to date with current events and issues related to health and social care by reading newspapers and watching current affairs programmes.

You will need to take a responsible attitude to your learning, being able to work independently, and using tutor support when necessary.

You do not need to have previously studied Health and Social Care; however you should have a B in English Language and a C in another Humanities subject at GCSE.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please speak to us about your suitability for the course as it may still be possible for you to study it.


The course is assessed through a combination of exams and coursework which involves the creation of research evidence portfolios.

Students will develop the skills needed to complete the assessments as part of the course.

Future opportunities

The course provides a broad introduction to the Health and Social Care sector. Many students decide to continue studying specific aspects of Health and Social Care at university, or use the skills they have gained in their chosen profession.

The skills and knowledge you will develop will be relevant to a wide range of careers including:

  • Nursing and medicine
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work
  • Care Work
  • Child Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paediatrics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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