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Health and Social Care AS Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

AS Level Syllabus: WJEC


The course is designed to allow students to develop a theoretical understanding of Health and Social Care while improving their ability and interest in applying their skills in practical situations in a caring, compassionate and professional manner.

The WJEC Syllabus is designed to encourage students to:

  • Develop and sustain an interest in health, early years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of health, early years and education and issues affecting the health and social care sector.

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • Analysing theories of care
  • Solving practical problems
  • Team work
  • Research and report writing
  • Making presentations

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Enjoy the challenge of working with people, often in difficult circumstances
  • Prefer continuous assessment to examinations
  • Are interested in working in the Health and Social Care sectors [e.g. Nursing, youth work]

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Visits to local health and care service providers
  • Visits to local childcare providers to see first-hand how care is given

Course content

AS Level

The AS Level content is split into two mandatory units:

  1. Promoting Quality Care and Communication
  2. Promoting Good Health

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


Unit 1 will be assessed through an external written examination (40%)

Unit 2 will be assessed through internal coursework (60%)

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

There is currently a strong demand for well qualified health and social care professionals nationally and locally. This includes:

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 December 2017

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