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Health & Social Care A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You are interested in the caring sectors and the impact they can have on people’s lives. Students often progress onto a broad range of higher education courses including degrees in social work, nursing, teaching, occupational therapy and child development. Others access training or employment, for example apprenticeships in the care sector. You will gain a good knowledge and understanding of the work of health, social care and early-years organisations.

The course focuses on people who require help and support from these services. Aspects covered in the course include: rights and responsibilities; communication in care settings; factors affecting health and well-being. Later on in the course you will focus on the organisations and professionals that provide health and social care services. Aspects covered include: the provision of services; roles of care practitioners; and options such as child development and mental health. Lessons will involve a variety of teaching methods and learning activities, including group work, discussion and individual research.

You will develop skills that will enable you to make an effective contribution to the work of care organisations e.g. skills in communication, problemsolving, evaluation and research. You will have the opportunity to do work placements with health, social care or early-years organisations, during both the first and second year of the course.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study health and social care at A level there are no subject specific requirements beyond the general college entry requirements for studying an A level subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.