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Health and Social Care A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

You will:
- gain a broad understanding of health, social care and develop skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and communication
- follow a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment in health, social care, community justice and education
- develop key skills that are highly valued by employers and universities
- gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.

Course content

The Advanced Level assessment is in two parts:
- Advanced Subsidiary (AS) – 50% of the total Advanced Level award;
- A second stage, called A2 – 50% of the total award.
The Advanced Subsidiary single award will comprise two AS units and the Advanced Level single award will comprise a further two A2 units. Set at a higher standard than AS, A2 is designed to assess knowledge, understanding and skills expected of candidates who have completed the second half of a full A-Level qualification.

In order to obtain the AS, candidates must take the following units (units marked with an asterisk will be assessed externally. All other units will be assessed internally through portfolio evidence):

AS Unit 1
Effective Care and Communication (compulsory)
AS Unit 2*
Understanding health conditions and patient care pathways
AS Unit 1
Effective Caring and Communication (compulsory)
AS Unit 2
Understanding health conditions and patient care pathways
A2 Unit 6
Practitioners Roles (compulsory)
Unit 5
Learning and development


Entry requirements

The most important thing you need in order to take the Applied A-Level in Health & Social Care is a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in health and social care, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. This will be offered as an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level (AS and A2). Students will need to have achieved a minimum of a C grade in English Language.

Future opportunities

Students with an A-Level in Health and Social Care have access to a wide range of careers and higher education opportunities.

Health and Social Care combines well with almost all AS and A-Level subjects. Taken with an A-Level in Science, it supports applications for a degree in nursing or midwifery or, with one of a range of other A-Levels, it supports applications for Teacher Training, Social Work or Community Justice. Health and Social Care provides the basis for a broad range of university courses in the Social Sciences.

Health and Social Care students develop the transferable skills and the key skills that employers are looking for. The course covers: Service Provision, Values, Rights, Responsibilities, Care Settings, Communication, Health & Well being, Understanding Human Behaviour and Practitioner Roles; this can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years