A Level Health and Social Care is designed to provide learners with a broad introduction to the health and social care sector. The course aims to develop and sustain an interest in health, early years (care and education), social care and issues affecting the care sector. In addition, a study of this subject provides the learner with a range of skills (for example communications skills) which can be used in everyday situations. Health and Social Care is an Applied Subject, which means that you study the theoretical aspects of the subject and then you apply the theory you have learned to a practical situation. An important part of the course is the work experience which allows you to do this.
All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs at grade C or above (grade 5 or above) in academic subjects, including GCSE English Language, of which two must be B grades (grade 6). We would expect students studying Health and Social Care to also have a GCSE in Double Science at C (grade 5) or above, or a Level 2 BTEC Applied Science at Merit or above. The work experience requires an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
Students must achieve a D grade at AS Level in order to progress to A2.
Health and Social Care can be studied in either your first or second year as an AS Level qualification or over two years as a full A Level. It gives a broad base of understanding whilst allowing a focus on the four specialist areas of Health, Early Years (Care and Education), Care of Older People, and Individuals with Specific Needs.
For the AS Level we look at human growth and development from birth through to later adulthood and the factors which affect this development. Included in this section is a study of the health of individuals and how it can be promoted. Work experience allows the learner to look at how a positive environment can be promoted in any care setting. The work is linked by a study of communications skills from both a practical and a theoretical point of view. The course is divided into three units:
• Human growth and development
• Communicating in health and social care
• Promoting positive care environments.
The second year of the course is more specialised; students study health promotion in more detail and have to plan and deliver their own health promotion event. On the more theoretical side, there is a study of the needs of individuals in care settings and an investigation of disease. Once again there are three units:
• Health promotion
• Meeting individual needs
• Investigating disease
Both AS and A2 Level Health and Social Care are assessed through an examination (one unit) and coursework (two units). The coursework aspects are related to work placements or practical activities undertaken in a care setting. The examination part of the assessment is made up of short and long answer questions.
Health and Social Care A Level gives students a wide choice of progression options into university study, training, or relevant employment.
Students hoping to enter the Nursing or Teaching professions have found the work placements particularly helpful, while the general skills learned such as the communication skills are helpful in any career.
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