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Health and Social Care A level (double award) at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This vocational award is designed to offer qualifications that provide evidence of a broad knowledge and understanding of Health & Social Care and is ideal for students who want a solid foundation before moving into higher education or employment. The fundamental course philosophy is that to understand fully the nature of Health & Social Care requires practical experience and students achieve this through regular work experience and their own research. Training and career opportunities include Health and Social Care, Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health and Occupational Therapy.

Course content

Two thirds of the programme is assessed through course work.  The remaining third is examined.


Topics Covered

Unit 1              Promoting Quality Care 

Unit 2               Communication in Care settings

Unit 3              Promoting Good Health

Unit 6              Working in Early Years Care and Education

Unit 7              Health as a Lifestyle Choice 

Unit 9              Caring for Older People

Unit 10             Care Practice and Provision

Unit 12             Anatomy and Physiology in Practice

Unit 13             Child Development

Unit 14              Mental Health Issues

Unit 15              Social Trends

Unit 16             Research Methods in Health & Social Care 


The fundamental philosophy of this course is that, in order to understand the nature of Health and Social Care, students should actively experience the Health and Social Care environments.  This can be achieved through regular Work Experience, interviewing local health practitioners and carrying out thorough research.

In Year 12, students attend a regular placement in a Health, Social Care or Early Years setting. 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a BTEC in Health and Social Care will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in one of the following subjects: English, dual award Science or dual award Health and Social Care. 

Future opportunities

This qualification is appropriate to the needs of candidates who want to progress to employment, further training or Higher Education.  Students will be able to explore the pathways in order to begin the process of focusing their strengths and interests into a specific area.  For the students who are undecided, the units will provide a learning experience covering the range of knowledge, skills and understanding essential to the health sector as a whole.

Popular choices for students are teaching, nursing and midwifery but the A level also forms excellent building blocks for degrees in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, public health and psychology to name but a few. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September