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Health and Social Care A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

This course is for anyone who wants to develop and sustain an interest in Health, Early-Years Care and Education, Social Care and issues affecting the care sector. You will develop knowledge and understanding of Health, Early Years and Education and Social Care. You will build upon your own skills of research, evaluation and problem solving. You will develop into an effective independent learner. This is the course for anyone who has an interest in working within the caring professions. You will take Health and Social Care if you love people and have a desire to care.

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. Health and Social Care fits with a variety of subjects particularly Psychology, Sociology, Child Development, English and PE. Similar skills will be required in all of these subjects.


Course content

The units of work that you would cover in this course include:

A2 Award (6 units):
- Care Practice and Provision: This unit is portfolio assessed and you will produce an investigation into how demographic factors have influenced the provision of Health, Social Care and Early Years services in our local area.
- Mental Health: This unit is portfolio assessed and you will complete a case study of an individual with a mental health illness, the effect of the illness on daily functioning and treatment they may receive.
- Social Trends: This unit is externally assessed.

This course could also be combined with a substantial component of training which is delivered by The Congleton College in the work place.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that to study a Health and Social Care course you have at least 5 GCSEs that include Maths, English and Science. You do not need to have studied GCSE Health and Social Care. However all applications will be considered on an individual basis.


The assessment is divided into 33% external assessment and 67% portfolio. The external assessment is in the form of a 90 minute examination.

A range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the Health and Social Care including: independent learning, presentations, academic research, classroom discussions and co-operative learning structures.

The coursework element of the subject requires students to work independently following guided delivery and so students are expected to be self-motivated and have good time management.

The examined units will require you to answer both short and longer answer questions for which you will be prepared using past papers, group research and classroom delivery and completion of two pieces of coursework and one examination each year, which are detailed above.

Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation for entry into any of the caring professions including Nursing, Childcare and any type of caring work. It can also take you into Social Work, Midwifery, Teaching and other university courses such as Social Studies, Psychology and higher level Health Studies. You will also develop study skills which will equip you for further study on any university course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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