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Health and Social Double Award - A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

If you have a lively and enquiring mind, a willingness to explore new ideas, an ability to communicate your ideas effectively and aim to work in a health and social care setting, then this is definitely the course for you.

This increasingly popular course offers you the opportunity to work in a friendly and supportive environment where staff encourage the development of skills, confidence and independence. You will gain practical experience and will meet with a number of Health & Social Care professionals during your time with us.

Course content

Year 1

  • AS Unit 1* - Promoting quality care
  • AS Unit 2 - Communication in care settings
  • AS Unit 3 - Promoting good health
  • AS Unit 4* - Health and safety in care settings
  • AS Unit 6 - Working in early-years care and education
  • AS Unit 7 - Health as a lifestyle choice

Unit 2

  • A2 Unit 10 - Care practice and provision
  • A2 Unit 11* - Understanding human behaviour
  • A2 Unit 13 - Child development
  • A2 Unit 14 - Mental health issues
  • A2 Unit 15* - Social trends
  • A2 Unit 16 - Research methods in health and social care
How it is taught

Students will have the opportunity to work independently and as part of a group in class based learning activities. In addition, students will speak to practitioners and service users from a range of health, social care and early years organisations. Students who enjoy meeting new people and gaining information first hand will find this course interesting.

Work experience will be arranged during the course to enable students to complete coursework and to assist with career planning.

Students will develop and use skills of planning, research, report writing, self reflection and evaluation.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

It is preferable for students to have a Grade C GCSE in English.


The units marked with an asterisk will be assessed externally by examination. All other units will be assessed internally through coursework.

Future opportunities

The course gives a vocational and academic grounding in all aspects of Health & Social Care. Students have the opportunity to consider a range of options within each vocational pathway – health, social care and early years care and education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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