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A Level Health & Social Care at Wadebridge School

Course description

AS Level

  • Unit HSC01: Effective Caring & Communication 
    This unit considers essential caring techniques, quality of life factors, barriers to effective care, poor treatment, caring and communication skills related to a client group and care setting of the student’s choice.  The student must produce a portfolio of coursework to fulfil the requirements of the unit.
  • Unit HSC03: Life as a challenge
    This unit is assessed through an examination in June of the course.  Students will learn about a range of challenges faced by people with a disability, learning disability, mental health issues and social circumstances.  They will investigate the causes and impact of the challenge; barriers faced by individuals; safeguarding  and support provided for individuals facing a challenge.

A2 Level

  • Unit HSC05: Learning and Development
    This unit is assessed through examination in June of Year 13.  It aims to develop an understanding of the influences that can affect learning and development and the key theories which try to explain behaviour.  Students study lifestyle choices, life events, illness and health conditions, theories of human development, perspectives to understand behaviour and strategies associated with the theories.
  • Unit HSC06: Practitioner Roles
    This unit aims to increase understanding of the world of work in health, social care, children and young people and community justice sectors, it also helps students reflect on their own suitability for different job roles.  This is a synoptic unit.  The student must produce a portfolio of coursework to fulfil the requirements of the unit.

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition, as most students have not studied Health & Social Care in Key Stage 4, there is a lot of new information to learn. Students will need to be extremely well organised to cope with the coursework element in this specification which requires observational visits to care settings.


  • Individual writing of coursework reports.
  • Writing and discussing case studies. 
  • Individual and group work on presentations.
  • Keeping up to date with topical issues within the health, care and early years sectors.
  • Practising exam questions.
  • Visiting care settings to observe life quality factors, caring and communication skills.
  • Interviewing health and social care practitioners and service users.

Future opportunities

Taken with Single Science, Applied Science or Psychology ‘A’ levels, Health & Social Care supports applications for a degree in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech therapy or social work and many other allied health professions.  Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas or NVQs in specific vocational areas such as Early Years, Elderly Care, Youth Work.

This subject also supports applications for a broad range of university courses in Social Sciences and Teacher Training.

Further information

Independent Study Time: 
A successful Health & Social Care student will have an interest in the health, social care and early years sectors. Independent study time can support their studies by keeping up to date with topical issues, both national and local, detailing developments within the sectors. Watching documentaries and current affairs programmes, reading vocationally related  journals and browsing the internet will all help to   develop understanding and provide a  broader knowledge. As well as this they will need to complete practice exam questions, specific homework tasks and most importantly coursework on a regular basis. Coursework is assessed regularly throughout a term to monitor a student’s progress and allow us to provide individual feedback including strategies for improvement.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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