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A Level in Health and Social Care at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

The aim of the course is to enable learners to experience vocationally related learning and therefore enabling learners to make an informed decision with regard to career routes open to them on completion of the course. The course aims to equip learners with knowledge and understanding and develop skills including those of research, evaluation and problem solving in the sectors of:

  • Health
  • Social Care
  • Children and Young People
  • Community Justice

Course content


Year 12 AS

Unit 1 – Effective Care and Communication

Unit 3 – Life as a Challenge

Unit 3 will be assessed externally by examination, lasting 1½ hours. Unit 1 will be assessed by coursework.

Year 13 A2

Unit 5 – Learning and Development

Unit 6 – Practitioner Roles

Unit 5 will be assessed externally by examination, lasting 1½ hours. Unit 6 will be assessed by coursework.

Students will be introduced to key concepts and a body of knowledge that will provide them with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care. It complements other A-Level studies and equips students with the skills needed for higher education and the world of work.

Entry requirements

It is preferred that you achieve a Grade B at GCSE or a Merit pass at BTEC Health & Social Care and you fulfil the Sixth Form entry requirements including a grade C pass in English Language and Science.


Exam Board/Syllabus

AQA – AS HSC01 and HSC03

A2 HSC05 and HSC06



Unit 1 - Examination (1hr 30 mins)

Unit 3 - Coursework assessment



Unit 5 - Examination (1hr 30 mins)

Unit 6 - Coursework assessment

Future opportunities

A GCE in Health and Social Care could lead onto further study such as a degree in a related subject, or to relevant employment within the health and social care services.

Further information

For further information contact Ms C Norbert or Ms M Thomas (Health and Social Care Teachers)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, and a further 1 year for A Level