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Health and Social Care A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying Health and Social Care is a course that qualifies students to work in the health, social care, children and young people, and the community justice sectors. Therefore, there are a wide range of career opportunities. For example, nursing, midwifery, paramedic, social work, child care, teaching, classroom assistant, counselling, police and fire service. In addition to studying the course, students will undertake a work placement e.g. in a nursery, school, day centre, residential home or hospital. This will help them gain valuable experience and also help them with the skills and knowledge required to succeed. 

Course content

•       Unit 1: Effective Care and Communication.

•       Unit 2: Understanding Health Conditions and Patient Care Pathways.

•       Unit 3: Life as a Challenge.

•       Unit 4: Educating Children and Young People.

•       Unit 6: Practitioner Roles.

•       Unit 7: Food and Fitness.

•       Unit 9: Understanding Mental Disorders.

•       Unit 10: Diagnosis, Treatment and Preventative Strategies. 


Which students do well at A-Level Health and Social Care?


•       …those who have an interest in working in health and social care and  wish to learn  the underpinning knowledge.

•       ….those who have good oral and verbal communication skills. 

•       …those who have the ability to carry out research from a number of sources.

•       …those who can extract information from a number of sources.

•       …those who have the ability to evaluate, analyse, and justify. 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • 5 A*-C GCSEs 
  • GCSE Sciences – Grade C 


•       Four coursework units – 1, 4, 6 and 9. Two in year 12 (AS) and two in Year 13 (A2).

•       Four exam units – 2, 3, 7 and 10. Two in year 12 (AS) and two in Year 13 (A2). 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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