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Health and Social Care (Single and Double Award) A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

Students will have the opportunity to study Health and Social Care in one of the following combinations.

Advanced Level Single Award (6 units)
This qualification equates to 1 A level . It can be combined with 2 or 3 other AS subjects.

Advanced Level Double Award (12 units)
This qualification equates to 2 A Levels. The Double Award can be combined with 1 or 2 other AS Level subjects. A student who studies the ‘double’ A-level in Year 12 can reduce to a single A-Level in Year 13.

Course content

The Single Award course comprises 6 units of work, which are completed over a two-year period. (Two are examined and four are coursework units.)

The Double Award course comprises 12 units of work, which are completed over a two year period. (Four are examined and eight are coursework units.)

The units of work cover a wide range of subject areas such as equal opportunity legislation, human physiology, psychology, social policy, influences on health and disease, health promotion and ethical and legal issues, just to name a few.

A variety of methods to aid student learning are utilised throughout the course including project work, case studies, presentations, work experience, role-plays, conference visits, and outside speakers

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes, grades A* to C are required.


The focus of assessment is more on coursework than on examinations, which some students may prefer. Students are encouraged to participate in a work placement as part of their enrichment programme to enhance the research aspect of their coursework.

The course is modular so units are either coursework units or exam units. The coursework assessments are spread evenly throughout the school year.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course most students apply to university and other Higher Education establishments to study a range of courses that lead them into careers in the Health Care, Social Care or Early Years sectors. Past Health and Social Care students have successfully progressed to a variety of career routes, including, for example, social work, nursing, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, primary school teaching, midwifery and child & educational psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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