Health and Social Care A Level

About the Course

This qualification has been designed to account for two-thirds of a two year, full time study programme for learners who are intending to go on to Further Education or employment in a related sector. It supports access to a range of Higher Education courses and is the equivalent of two A levels.

Exam Board

EDEXCEL. Year 12 - two exams (both 90 minutes) and two pieces of coursework. Year 13 - Two pieces of coursework and two controlled assessment tasks.


Grade 5 in English and Mathematics

Course Content

Year 12: For their examination units learners will explore the key aspects of growth and development and the experience of health and well-being. They will learn about the factors that can influence human growth and development and a number of theories and models to explain and interpret behaviour through the human lifespan. In addition, they will explore the roles and responsibilities of various professionals working within Health and Social Care sectors. As part of the coursework requirements students will study care planning, the principles/values behind providing quality care and support, and the need for multi-agency working. Learners will also develop an understanding of psychological perspectives and approaches to care and the value of psychological studies to the understanding of health and social care will also be examined. Modules studied: Human Lifespan and Development, Working in Health and Social Care; Meeting Individual Care and Support; Psychological Perspectives. Year 13: For the coursework components, students will learn about the history, aims and approaches of various health campaigns as well as the role of health promoters in preventing the spread of disease and maintaining public health. They will also consider the principles of safe practice and the need to maintain Health and Safety within any Health and Social Care establishment. Learners will also be expected to produce a research commentary based on a pre-released article and their secondary research, which draws together their knowledge and understanding of working practices and provision of services which they have developed through their study of the other modules. Modules studied: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care; Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care; Promoting Public Health; Work Experience.

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to the more formally assessed units, students are also expected to undertake a work experience programme within their final year of study. Learners are required to complete 100 hours within a relevant Health or Social Care sector and log their experiences to exhibit evidence of all skills and knowledge required.

Your Future

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care qualifies for UCAS points. It provides students with a wide choice of progress options into further study, training, or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto areas such as health care, nursing, midwifery and nursery nursing.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs J Jarvis
Hall Cross Academy
Future First Artsmark
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