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Health and Social Care A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Using different work-related contexts, you will develop skills that will enable you to make an effective contribution to the care sector, including research, evaluation and problem-solving skills. You may apply your learning to the following choices of contexts: health, children’s services, early years (care and education), care of older people or individuals with specific needs.

This A-level is ideal for those who enjoy creating project-style work and investigating real situations. It will help you to develop an understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector. 

Course content

In the AS units you will learn about:

- Human Growth and Development - Unit 1

- Communication and Values - Unit 2

- Positive Care Environments - Unit 3


In the A2 units you will learn about:

- Meeting Individual Needs - Unit 7

- Promoting Health and Wellbeing - Unit 8

- Investigating Disease - Unit 9

In the first year a placement must be secured at a care setting eg nursery, play group, infant school, residential home, nursing home.  Students attend once a week from September to February.  It is a requirement of the course for the students to secure and commence their placements by the end of September. Students must be responsible with their placements and should understand that it is their responsibility to make their own way to the placement, funding any travel costs.  The placement visits have to be arranged around the timetable as other school lessons cannot be missed; there is provision for students to leave during free period to attend placement.

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in Science

Future opportunities

The GCE in Health and Social Care qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects. You could also go on to relevant employment within health and social care services.

Previous students have gone into the following pathways with their A Level qualification:

Further study on University courses including – Nursing; Teacher training ; Counselling; Occupational therapy; Education studies; Radiography; Social work ; Child psychology; Paediatric nursing; Health visitor; Midwifery.

Direct entry jobs including: Health care assistant; Care home worker; Bank nursing; Dental nursing; Teaching assistant; Nursery worker; Learning support assistant; Administrative positions in various health and social care settings.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years