A-Levels - A Level Health and Social Care (ALV1) at Barnsley College
Health and Social Care provides an opportunity to explore how health affects individuals in society. Students will investigate areas including building positive relationships, equality and diversity and health and safety. The Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work in the health and social care sector.
In the first year students will explore building positive relationships, which will enhance their understanding of the importance of relationships in the delivery of safe and effective care. Students will consider how equality, diversity and rights can be promoted in health and social care settings. Students will also explore what it means to be safe and how to maintain a safe working environment.
In the second year students will develop their understanding of anatomy and physiology, where they will learn about the structure and function of the different bodily systems. In the second year students may also look at learning disabilities and psychology in health and social care settings.
Specific entry requirements
GCSE Grade 5 or above in History.
Assessment is by examination and coursework.
You won’t have to pay tuition or exams fees* to study A Levels with us if you are aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2017, if you are 19 or older and looking to study your first full Level 3 qualification or if you receive certain benefits. To find out more about tuition fees, call our Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123.
We know being a student can be an expensive time so we offer a range of options to help all our students, from our Learner Support Fund to the Earn 2 Learn scheme.
If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.
You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*
You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267
FREE bus services!
We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.
Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus
Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus
South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus
Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus
These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:
This course has a wide range of progression opportunities, which can lead to Higher Education in social work, nursing and social science degrees. It complements other A Level subjects and will equip you with the skills needed for Higher Education and the world of work. In combination with other Science subjects, you could go on to pursue a career in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or teaching, plus most subjects linked to medicine.
Additional Learning Support
Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.
We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.