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Health & Social Care (Double Award) AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description


Health and Social Care is a broad subject area, covering many current, important issues. Communication is a key element in the course; students will investigate what can promote or inhibit good communication. You will also learn how social, psychological and physiological issues can impact on the life of those needing care.

The course examines barriers when accessing services, alternative communication, health, illness and disease. You will also discover some of the factors and theories influencing human development, and how these theories are applied to understand human behaviour. Attitudes and prejudices are studied to find out how this can affect care. Laws and policies protecting rights, promoting equality and safety are also investigated.

Course content


AS GCE Health and Social Care

AS single award consists of three units:

Promoting quality care

Communication in care settings

Promoting good health

In addition, AS double award students study:

 Health as a Lifestyle choice

Caring for Older People

Early years care and education


A2 GCE Health and Social Care

A2 single award consists of three units:

Care practice and provision

Understanding human behaviour 

Child development 

In addition, A2 double award students study:

 Research methods in Health and Social Care

Social trends

Mental health



Entry requirements


5 GCSEs at grade A* - C.



Assessment is through a mixture of coursework (60%) and external examination (40%). Each unit has equal weighting for the final award.

Future opportunities


Students from Christleton High have gone on to study a wide range of degree courses at university including midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, social work, teaching and educational studies. Those taking Health and Social Care also benefit from the transferable skills focused on within the course, such as research methods and communication.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years