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Health & Social Care (Applied) A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

You cannot open a newspaper or watch the news without some aspect related to either the Health or Social Care sectors hitting the headlines. From NHS reforms and the financial problems through to child welfare and social care issues. All of these topics are fundamental to the study of Health and Social Care and are a main focus of our studies throughout the A level course.

Course content

The course will allow you to develop a broad understanding of the sector in Health and Social Care as well as skills and technical knowledge. You will develop an awareness of particular groups and their needs by focussing on Health, Early Years (Care and Education), Care of Older People, or Individuals with Specific Needs by learning the theories and seeing them in practice in Health and Social Care placements.


  • Life Stages - aspects and factors that affect human growth and development/promoting health and wellbeing
  • Communication/care values and how they are transmitted
  • Values and individual rights/barriers to access/creating a positive environment/how society promotes service users’ rights


  • Services to meet individual needs/the practitioner roles/ quality assurance and regulation in Health and Social Care
  • Reasons for promoting health and wellbeing/models and approaches to health promotion/planning and implementing a health promotion
  • Health and disease: epidemiology/differences between communicable and noncommunicable diseases/ diagnosis, treatment and support of disease/ strategies for prevention of disease

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


At AS the course is examined by 2 pieces of coursework and one exam.

  • Human Growth and Development (structured short and extended questions)
  • Communication and Values (coursework)
  • Positive Care Environments (coursework)

Future opportunities

The Health and Social Care A level gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training, or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas or NVQs and the ever growing host of jobs in the medical, social, early years and teaching professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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