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Health & Social Care at Notre Dame High School

Course description

Advanced level Health and Social Care will enable you to continue your studies at degree level and combines the study of Psychology, Sociology, Human Biology and Law. It also gives to the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required in a variety of careers in Social Work, Nursing and other medical and care professionals including Teaching.

Students taking Health and Social Care develop independent study skills, and with the support of staff are expected to take control of their own learning. Examples of work and study skills you will develop are:

  • Independent research
  • Extended academic writing
  • Team work
  • Presentation and interpersonal interaction
  • Fieldwork research and Primary Investigation

This approach to study is particularly beneficial to students intending to go on to university to further study and professional development. The A level course in Health and social care combines particularly well with Psychology, Sociology, Human Biology and Physical Education

Over the last 12months we have carried out two research trips focussing on anatomy and physiology, medical history, and the development of “mind, body and soul” at The Wellcome Institute.

There are 16 units that you can study including a range of options that enable you to specialise in an area of your choice. Some examples are:

  • Communication in care settings
  • Advanced child development
  • Working in early years care and education
  • Research methods
  • Social trends
  • Anatomy and Physiology in practice

This last unit gives the subject of Health and Social Care its Science accreditation, which is especially useful for medical options

There are three levels of qualification available in the sixth form: AS single, A2 single and A2 double. The AS single award is formed of 3 mandatory units and forms the first part of the A2 course as with all other subjects. The double awards gives candidates the opportunity to achieve 2 full A levels and is therefore made up of twice the number of units

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notre Dame High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years