A-level Health and Social Care

At Hinchingbrooke we study the Edexcel course. You can read the syllabus here.

Why study Health and Social Care

If you want a career in the caring professions then this is the subject for you. Whether it is  being a paramedic, nurse, midwife, child care, mental nurse, any profession in these areas or even if you are thinking of teaching, this course will prepare you. If you prefer a subject with less exams and if you enjoy portfolio work and taking charge of your own learning, then Health and Social Care is the course for you.

About the course

In a work-related context, learners will develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector, including research, evaluation and problem-solving skills. Students may apply their learning to their choice of contexts: health, children’s services, care of older people or individuals with specific needs.

Ideal for those who enjoy creating project-style work and investigating real situations, this course will help develop students’ understanding of the diverse and complex nature of the health and social care sector. Learners will study either three, six, nine or 12 units, and the majority of the work is assessed through coursework.

Research, evaluation and problem-solving skills may be applied to the students’ choice of contexts, including health, early years (care and education), care of older people and care of individuals with specific needs.

 

How is the course assessed?

Unit

Title

Level

Exam/ Portfolio

1

Human Growth and Development

AS

Exam

2

Communication and Values

AS

Portfolio

3

Positive Care Environments

AS

Portfolio

4

Social Aspects and Lifestyle Choices

AS

Exam

5

Activities for Health and Well-Being

AS

Portfolio

6

Public Health

AS

Portfolio

7

Meeting Individual Needs

A2

Exam

8

Promoting Health and Well-Being

A2

Portfolio

9

Investigating Disease

A2

Portfolio

10

Using and Understanding Research

A2

Portfolio

11

Social Issues and Welfare Needs

A2

Portfolio

12

Understanding Human Behaviour

A2

Exam

Year 12

AS Single units 1, 2 and 3

AS Double units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 (counts as two AS levels)

View the teaching schedule here for 2015-2016.

Year 13

A2 Single units 7, 8 and 9

A2 Double units 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 (counts as two A-Levels)

View the teaching schedule here for 2015-2016.

How much work will I have to do?

You will have 9 lessons a fortnight for AS Single HSC and 18 lessons a fortnight for AS Double.

This is a vocational course and you will get the opportunity to visit care settings to gather information for you portfolio work. You will be expected to keep up to date with current health and social care related news issues from reading and listening to the news.This is both a practical and academic course and requires your enthusiasm and commitment.

Entry requirements

AS health and Social Care 3 unit single award and AS health and Social Care 6 unit double award - 5  GCSE's at grade C or above

A2 Health and Social Care 6 unit double award and A2 Health and Social Care 12 units double award - 5  GCSE's at grade C or above

For the AS/A2 a grade C in science is preferable.

For further information contact Mrs Howells on 01480 375700 ext 5747 or e mail bh@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk

Further information and learning materials will be available soon.