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Health and Social Care at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

Health and Social Care A Level is a varied and interesting qualification suitable for those students who enjoy working with people and have an interest in health, early-years care and education, social work or simply working in a caring role.

The course allows students to develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to any workplace, including the skills of research, evaluation and problem solving, and is an ideal course for candidates who like to take a more hands on approach to learning.

Students get the best of both worlds by gaining a respected qualification that prepares them for further study and training, which also encompasses a ‘real-world’vocational approach.

Course content

At AS Level candidates focus on the needs of clients and the techniques and professional services aimed at meeting those needs.

They study three units:

  • promoting quality care
  • communication in care settings 
  • promoting good health.

At A Level candidates will study one mandatory unit

  • care practice and provision

and then select two units from a choice of six varied units ranging from

  • social trends to anatomy and physiology in practice.

Candidates are expected to gather information and evidence from a variety of work experience, work shadowing, visiting speakers and visits to work places, as well as carrying out independent research.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Bs and 3 Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE. Prior study of the GCSE in Health and Social Care will be of benefit to candidates, but is not essential.
  • Skills in English and  Information and Communication Technology will be particularly relevant.



At AS, two-thirds of the course is assessed through coursework and one-third by external assessment (a 90 minute examination). T

he two internally assessed units at each level take the form of a portfolio of work designed to enable the students to demonstrate their understanding of the content of the unit.

These portfolios are teacher assessed and marked internally, then externally moderated by OCR. At each level the three units studied are equally sized and equally weighted.

Financial information

Candidates may be advised to purchase a revision guide for each level of the course or
may be asked to contribute to the cost of travel to various work settings.

Future opportunities

Whilst giving candidates an introduction into the health and social care sector, this qualification also provides a suitable foundation for the study of Health and Social Care, or related subjects, at degree level.

This practically based course is particularly suitable for students who might like to follow a career in occupational therapy or physiotherapy, radiography, nursery nursing or midwifery, teaching, social work, pharmacy or nursing, or simply work in a caring role.
Skills students gain whilst on this course are directly
transferable to any workplace, either within or
outside the caring professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years