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Health and Social Care A Level at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College

Course description

If you are interested in health, early-years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector, then a course in Health and Social Care could be for you. The course leads to a wide range of career pathways including all branches of nursing, social work, education and residential care, as well as professions allied to medicine. There is always a demand for qualified staff in the health and social care sector, the diverse nature of this course will prepare you for a career in this field. The course features excellent materials, practical activities and workplace experience.

Course content

What will I learn?Single Award

First-year - three units:

Promoting Quality Care

This unit explores issues relating to the values and attitudes of care workers towards vulnerable people.


This unit focuses on communication skills and how these can support and inhibit service users in care settings.

Promoting Good Health

This unit investigates the range of lifestyle choices and societal factors which influence health and wellbeing.

The second year - six units, including:

Understanding Human Behaviour

This unit explores the influences that impact human development, using the work of famous psychological theorists.

Care Practice and Provision

This unit investigates how demographic factors influence the organisation and provision of health, social care and early years provision.

Mental Health

This unit focuses on the ways mental health and illnesses are defined by society, often through the media, and will examine the effects of such portrayals.

Four units assessed internally through teacher assessed portfolio and two units assessed by exams. All units are equally sized and weighted.

Double Award

The first year - same three units as Single Award, plus:

Early Years Care and Education

This unit evaluates the care and education in early years setting.

Health as a Lifestyle Choice

This unit explores the physical aspects of health, in particular, the links between nutrition, exercise, health and disease.

Caring for Older People

This unit assesses the physical effects of ageing on body systems together with social, emotional and economic aspects of learning.

Second-year - six units:

  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Social Trends
  • Research Methods
  • Care Practice and Provision
  • Mental Health
  • Child Development

Eight units assessed internally and four units assessed by exams.  All units are equally sized and weighted.

Further information

You will have opportunities to visit and gain work experience in a range of care settings such as primary schools, special schools, nurseries and residential homes. We have links to different health care professionals who work with us and are available to support students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017

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