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Health & Social Care (Single/Double Award) AS/A2 Level at Carmel College

Course description

This course will introduce you to key concepts and a body of knowledge that will provide you with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in Health and Social Care.

It complements and combines well with other A Level studies and will equip you with the skills needed for higher education and the world of work.

Course content

You have two study options:

The Advanced Level Double Award is a two A Level course. Over two years you will study eight units from the list below; a mix of coursework and external exams. Depending on your interests and career aim, you will choose one or more A Levels to make up a complete programme of study. This option is most suited to those students who have some certainty over the route they want to take at university such as: Nursing; Midwifery; Paediatrics; Social Work; Teaching/similar careers; Police Officer; Probation Officer/YOT; Paramedic; Mental Health Counselling.

The Advanced Level Single Award is equivalent to one AS if studied for a year or a full A Level if continued into A2. You will study two or three other A Levels alongside the AS Single Award. This course is an excellent choice for students who would like to pursue careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Teaching or other Health and Social Care professions.

Units of study:

  • Effective Care and Communication
  • Understanding Health Conditions and Patient Care Pathways
  • Life as a Challenge
  • Educating Children and Young People
  • Learning and Development
  • Practitioner Roles
  • Food and Fitness
  • Diagnosis Treatment and Preventative Strategies

Entry requirements

You will need grades CC in Health & Social Care (if studied) OR a Pass in BTEC Health & Social Care (if studied) AND GCSE grade C in Maths, English and Science/Biology.


Exam Board - AQA

The A Level Double is comprised of 50% exam and 50% coursework.

The Single Award is comprised of 50% exam and 50% coursework. Coursework units are marked by the teachers and moderated by the exam board. External exams are written and marked by the exam board.

Further information

What support will I receive?

Our department is committed to supporting you as an individual and will help you to achieve your full potential. Teachers will guide you in the setting of targets to help improve our performance throughout the year. Support tutorials are provided on a one-to-one and small group basis and you will be given help with a range of study skills for example, organising your time, independent research, revision skills etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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