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Health & Social Care AS A2 at The Duston School

Course content

To understand the nature of Health and Social Care, students learning is applied to a range of work-related contexts, through links with local employers, case studies and research.

Health and Social Care is a vocational `A` Level, which:

  • Enables students to gain an understanding of the key Health and Social Care pathways and the application of caring principles.
  • Provides a broad introduction to the Health and Social Care sector by enhancing the vocational emphasis.
  • Develops knowledge and understanding in realistic Health and Social Care contexts.
  • Develops practical, presentation, personal, interpersonal and cognitive skills.
  • Encourages students to organise their time, discuss, investigate and research, problem solve and explore.
  • Uses theory to analyse real organisation.
  • Provides the opportunity to understand practices and techniques used in organisations.


AS Level

  • Effective Caring
  • Effective Communication
  • Health, Illness and Disease

A2 Level

  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Clients with Disabilities
  • Research Methods and Perspectives

Entry requirements

For entry to Health and Social Care at `A` Level you need to have 4 GCSEs at grades A* to C.


AS - 2 coursework assignments and an exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

A2 - 2 coursework assignments and an exam (2 hours)

Future opportunities

This course develops a broad and varied skills base which is increasingly valued by employers and Higher Education institutions. Future progression in Health and Social Care related courses at university or employment within:

  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Social Work

or employment within the caring sector.

Further information

For further details please contact Mrs V Hutchings or Mrs L M Payne. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Duston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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