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Health and Social Care (Double) at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This subject will be offered in Option Blocks B and C only as a Double Option

This subject provides a platform for study at further education and to pursue a career in the health and social care sector.

The qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • an A Level in Biology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing or Midwifery
  • an A Level in Sociology, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • a BTEC Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • an A Level in Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

In the BTEC National units, we provide students with an opportunity to develop their employability skills, in three main areas:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: students will use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions and use systems and technology
  • interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing and developing self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.


Course content


  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care


  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
  • Promoting Public Health

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 4 grades including Maths and English, although there are specific entry requirements for some of our option subjects.

A student’s suitability for their chosen subjects will also be taken into account, even if they meet the 5 4 grades threshold.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort and attendance in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.


A mix of internal and external units. 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.
Mandatory content (83%).
External assessment (46%).


Future opportunities

This course can lead to a range of health and social care careers, some examples of these are:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social work


Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us at

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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