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Health and Social Care A Level at Caldew School

Course description

The AS Single Award is made up of three units taken in one option block in one year. 

The AS Double Award is made up of six units (the three for the Single Award plus the following three). It is taken in two option blocks in one year.

The A2 Single Award has the following three units taken in one option block in the second year.

The A2 Double Award is made up of twelve units (the nine units listed above plus the following three). It is taken in two option blocks over two years.

Course content

Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care

Unit 2: Communication in Care Settings

Unit 3: Promoting Good Health

Unit 6: Working in Early Years Care & Education

Unit 8: Complementary Therapies

Unit 9: Caring for Older People

Unit 10: Care Practice & Provision

Unit 11: Understanding Human Behaviour

Unit 14: Mental Health Issues

Unit 12: Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 13: Child Development

Unit 16: Research Methods in Health & Social Care

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or above including English is a good indicator that you will be able to cope with the demands of the written work. However, individual commitment, interest, motivation and personal organisation are key factors in success in this course. Pupils do not need to study GCSE Health & Social Care but if they do they should achieve above a C as an indicator of their interest in the subject.


Individual units are assessed either through student assignments presented as final portfolios of work or through external examination. Units 1, 9, 11 and 15 have an external examination. All other units are assessed through coursework portfolios.

Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to go into Nursing, Health Education and other health related careers or into Social Work, Social Care etc, as well as careers with children including Early Years teaching. The twelve uni programme provides good preparation for related employment as well as university entrance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years