Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care (EDEXCEL)

Why study this course?

Health and Social Care AS and A Level is an applied subject for those who are interested in possible careers in either the Health or Social Care sectors. The first year will focus on the needs of clients and the techniques and professional services aimed at meeting those needs. The second year will develop on the AS addressing factors and issues involved in service delivery. Over the years this course has been a favourite for those wishing to go on to study Nursing and Midwifery as well as those interested in training to work within the field of social work. The course has in the past attracted a wide variety of students as they have found it complements other subjects they are studying, such as Psychology, Sociology and Biology. Some have chosen it as a contrast to their other subjects and as something different in which they have an underlying interest in. ICT facilities are available in the Social Science rooms which enables further access for research and writing up of coursework.

How is the course structured?


  • Unit 1: Human Growth and Development (1.5 hour exam worth 33.3% of AS)
  • Unit 2: Communication and Values (Coursework worth 33.3% of AS)
  • Unit 3: Positive Care Environments (Coursework worth 33% of AS)


  • Unit 7: Meeting Individual Needs (1.5 hour exam worth 33.3% of A2)
  • Unit 8: Promoting Health and Well-being (Coursework worth 33.3% of A2)
  • Unit 9: Investigating Disease 
(Coursework worth 33.3% of A2)

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students have at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grade (including English and Maths). Please note that it is not a requirement to have studied Health and Social Care before.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

The subject goes well in particular with Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Health and Social Care can be linked to a variety of different careers. Jobs within the Health sector might include nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy to name just a few. It could also lead to jobs in the social care sector such as working for Social Services.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Problem solving
  • Extended writing
  • Application of number
  • Communication
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Information and communication technology

Extra Opportunities are available?

Professionals related to different subject areas of the course are arranged to come in and speak when necessary, in order to complement the learning taking place. ICT facilities are available for use during study periods and lunch breaks. The Health and Social Care tutors are also very keen to write references for those wishing to continue learning or working within this subject area after A level.

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