A Level Health & Social Care
Cambridge Technical Level 3
What is Advanced Health and Social Care?
Health and Social Care is a vocational course designed to prepare students for life after school, equipping them with real skills that may lead to Higher Education or take them directly into the workplace and/or further training. This course will prepare students for a range of careers, not just those in health or social care.
Who is it for?
Any student committed to hard work in a variety of different situations applying a wide range of skills, can achieve this valued qualification, you need not have studied Health and Social Care at GCSE level.
What will I study?
• Over the 2 year course there are 360 LEARNING HOURS (A – Level equivalent)
• 3 units are examined.
• There is 1 piece of mandatory coursework – Building positive relationships in H and S Care settings.
• There are 2 more coursework elements – these can be selected from a list on offer. These can be done in any order at the centres decision.
• This course leads to possible careers or further study in a range of care settings – nursery, crèche, school, care homes, respite care and hospitals.
The course is made up of:
Year 12 – Certificate
Unit 1: Positive relations in Health & Social Care.
This unit is internally assessed.
Students study the care offered in a range of settings, all of which could lead to potential opportunities for a career – babies, young children, individuals with physical or mental health disabilities as well as the elderly.
Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights.
This unit is examined.
This incorporates the provision of quality care and ensuring legislation is understood in all care settings.
Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Care Settings.
This unit is examined.
It covers Health and Safety legislation and good practice.
Year 13 – Diploma
Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology
This unit is examined and looks at body functions, illness and well-being.
Unit 5: There are a range of options in this section
This unit is selected from a list of options. It is Internally Assessed.
For the final Unit, students complete a portfolio which equates to 90 hours leaning.
It is internally assessed and the options are:
- Infection control
- Supporting people with learning disabilities
- Nutrition for health
- Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages
- The impact of long-term physiological conditions
- Supporting people with dementia
- Supporting people with mental health conditions
- Sociology for health and social care
- Psychology for health and social care