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Health and Social Care (Double) A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

The health and social care industry is far reaching. It is a sector that has an influence on so many in our society. In fact, it is a sector that will impact on everyone in society at some point in their life.

The reforms in social care will create new types of jobs and ways of working, new career opportunities, and more flexibility both between and across the health and social care sectors.

Course content

In the AS units you will learn about:

Unit 1 Human Growth and Development

Unit 2 Communication and Values

Unit 3 Positive Care Environments

Unit 4 Social Aspects and Lifestyle Choices (Double Award)

Unit 5 Activities for Health and Well-being (Double Award)

Unit 6 Public Health (Double Award).


In the A2 units you will learn about:

Unit 7 Meeting Individual Needs

Unit 8 Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Unit 9 Investigating Disease

Unit 10 Using and Understanding Research (Double Award)

Unit 11 Social Issues and Welfare Needs (Double Award)

Unit 12 Understanding Human Behaviour (Double Award).

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades or their equivalent.


You will have a written examination in the form of a question and answer booklet in Units 1, 4, 7 and12. Each examination will last one hour and 30 minutes. For all other units you will be assessed by coursework.

Future opportunities

The qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment as it offers a mix of both theoretical and vocational learning. This does not mean that it will give you all the skills you need to do a job, but it does mean that you will have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to your chosen subject or area of work.

There are a broad range of rewarding careers at all levels and for all people, and many types of job, such as:

 Health Visitor

 Registered Nurse

 Healthcare Assistant

 Occupational Therapy Support Worker

 Community Worker

 Social worker

 Residential care manager

 Midwife

 Nursery Nurse

 Radiographer

 Learning Disabilities Officer

 Substance Misuse worker

 Hospital Social Worker

 Home Care Co-ordinator

 Family Support Worker

 Play Worker

 Children’s Centre Development Officer

 Health Support Worker

 Physiotherapist

 Speech and Language Therapist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

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