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Health & Social Care A Level at Strode College

Course description

This course will introduce you to fundamental knowledge and concepts relating to health and social care, for example an understanding of rights, roles and responsibilities when working in the sector. Typical areas of study include: effective care and communication and learning and development.

You will develop skills which help prepare you for work in a variety of roles in the health and social care sector, including communication skills, problem solving and health promotion.

This is also a useful course for students who want to include a health and social care component among their A Level subjects as it is relevant to a wide range of future careers.

Work experience is highly beneficial in the study of health and social care and, while this is not compulsory, it may be arranged by negotiation as part of the course. If you are unable to take part in work experience then you will be expected to visit one health, social care or early years setting. Guest speakers from these settings will be invited in to further enhance your understanding of current practice.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent. You do not need to have studied Health and Social Care at GCSE to enrol on the A Level course.

You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college.


The course is assessed through coursework and exams.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for a career in a range of health and social care settings and roles, such as social work, nursing and teaching. You can progress to higher education at university or further training for employment. The vocationally applied aspects of the course are an asset for many higher education programmes of study, including degrees in Nursing, Children's Nursing, Social Work and Teaching. Some relevant voluntary work experience is recommended if you wish to pursue a career in these areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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