Health and Social Care

Course Information

Health and Social Care is studied in 8 modules which gives the qualification of 2 A Levels over two years. The course can also be studied as an AS Level Single or Double Award or an A2 Level Single award.

Course Content

To achieve the 2 A Level qualifications, students study 8 units of work according to the specifications. The portfolio units require students to be actively engaged in practical activities linked to the specific units. A wide range of units are studied which include Effective Care and Communication; Understanding Health Conditions; Educating Children and Young People; Practitioner Roles; Food and Fitness. Students will participate in visits to related professionals.

The course enables students to develop both a broad understanding of health and social care principles as well as the possibility to focus on specific areas such as children and young people, environmental health issues and diet.


The course is divided into units, which are either, internally assessed and then externally verified through portfolios or tested externally in June. To gain the qualification, both methods of assessment must be shown.

Teaching and Learning

The teaching of each unit will vary depending on whether it is a tested or portfolio unit.
Effective learning will need students to be involved in independent research as well as class discussions, role play, visits, observations, text exercises and presentations. Personal planning and time management skills are integrated within the teaching of the units. The delivery techniques of this course helps prepare students for university or further education courses.


This course provides students with foundational knowledge of a range of aspects linked to the field of Health and Social Care work. It is recognised by higher education establishments, especially for nursing, early years and child development, psychology, nutrition, care, social studies and health. The Health and Social Care Sector is one of the UK’s largest employers and therefore this course can be a stepping stone for a wide range of employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above.

Career Pathway

Here are some examples of jobs where a Health & Social Care degree may be useful: Advice Worker/Personal Adviser, Charity Officer, Civil Service Administrator, Counsellor, FE Lecturer , Health Promotion Specialist, Health Service Manager , Local Government Administrator, Nutritional Therapist, Physiotherapist, Probation Officer, Sales Executive, Medical, Social Worker and Lifestyle Consultant.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact

Mrs Lesley James – Learning Lead

Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, Registered in England and Wales under number 08153177. Registered Office: Watery Lane,Newent,Gloucestershire GL18 1QF
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