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A Level Health And Social Care

Programme Description

The study of Health and Social Care should by its nature contribute to candidates’ understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social, legislative, economic and cultural issues; including taking responsibility for one’s own actions. It also encourages candidates to understand and discuss the decisions that may influence Health and Social Care policies and the subsequent effect on the well-being of the population and the provision of support in the community. In order to understand the nature of Health and Social Care, learning is applied to a range of work related contexts. This can be achieved through a variety of approaches including work experience, links with local employers, case studies and research.


Please note: the A Level in HSC will be replaced with a sub-diploma in Health and Social Care, from September 2019. Transfers to A Level (year 2) will only be possible with a pass at AS Level. 

Programme Features

The GCE in Health and Social Care allows students to build skills as well as technical knowledge. It provides a broad base of understanding, whilst allowing students to also focus on the following specialist areas:

Rights, responsibilities and values Communication in care settings Health and wellbeing Service provision and practitioner roles Understanding human behaviour Service providers, being public, private, community and charity

Progression & Employment

This course gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or employment. Successful completion equips students to move onto degrees including Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Medical Sciences, Early Years and Primary Education.

This course gives access to Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma or QCF courses.

Programme Content

Promoting Quality Care and Communication: The unit introduces candidates to factors affecting the quality of life. The care principles, skills and techniques required by both formal and informal carers to treat individuals well within a range of care settings. (AS Level)

Promoting Good Health: This unit will enable candidates to gain knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence an individual’s health and well-being, and how recent government initiatives promote good health. (AS Level)

Provision of Health, Social Care and Children's Services: In this unit, candidates will need to study the main health, social care and children’s services to meet individual needs. (A2 Level)

Working in Health and Social Care: In this unit, candidates will need to reflect on their own suitability for employment in different job roles in the Health and Social Care sector.  (A2 Level)

Programme Assessment

AS Level


This is no longer offered as AS Level.  Offer to do sub-Diploma (equivalent UCAS points to an A Level) can be accomodated in the A Level options.


A2 Level

The course is assessed with one formal examination (40%) and one controlled assessment (60%).

Programme Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs at C grade or above including Mathematics or English to do the sub-Diploma in HSC (A Level Equivalent course).  AS HSC is no longer offered. 


To resit Year 2 or joing A2 from another institution, you must have at least 6 GCSEs including maths and English GCSE and an A - E grade at AS. 

Additional Costs

 All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.