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Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical at Longsands Academy

Course description

Health & Social Care is about…

  • Learning about the structure and function of the body systems and how they may each be affected by disease, disorders and old age.

  • Learning about the human mind and behaviour and how it may impact on our health and help us understand why people may ignore symptoms of ill health.

  • Learning about ways to protect and improve the health of the general public, focusing on current public health strategies and initiatives.

  • Gaining an understanding of health and social care in a range of different environments and settings where care can take place.

  • Learning about effective communication, the importance of legislation and how to provide a person-centred approach when providing healthcare.

  • Using your knowledge, understanding and skills gained to contribute to your written responses via a combination of coursework units (50%) and externally examined units (50%).



There are a combination of mandatory and optional units at A Level that include:


  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care

  • Infection control

  • Psychology in health and social care

  • Creativity and activity for young people

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

  • Building positive relationships in health and social care

  • Health, safety and security in health and social care

  • Public health


Course content

You will learn about national policy, legislation, Health and Social Care theories and the rights and responsibilities of service users and providers. This will be supplemented with units that are anatomy and physiology, psychology and/or sociology based.

You will be examined via a combination of external exams and coursework units.

Entry requirements

Desirable: grade ‘6’ at GCSE in English Language.

Students must also have a grade ‘5’ in Mathematics.

APS 4.75

Future opportunities

You could take this course as an extended certificate (equivalent to one A-level) or as a diploma (equivalent to two A-levels) to complement other A Level courses which could lead on to Higher Education in Health and Social Care or more general Higher Education courses. We will only be able to offer the diploma if there are enough students wishing to follow the double HSC course. With further specialised training you could go into a whole range of jobs such as nursing, Social Work, midwifery, NHS and Child Care related employment. HSC works well with any subject but in particular you would benefit from studying HSC alongside Sociology, Psychology or Biology.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact Mrs L Knox, 2 i/c Social Sciences at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year

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