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Health and Social Care

Head of Social Sciences Department: Miss Ann Murdoch

Health & Social Care combines many aspects of social care provision such as social policy, law, education and nursing; all of which are fundamental to running public services in the UK, delivering care to people across all areas of society – young or old, rich or poor, everyone will receive health and social care at some point.

Health and Social Care is an Applied A Level, meaning it takes a more hands-on approach to study than traditional A Levels. It combines elements of Sociology, Biology, Nutrition, Law, Ethics and early year's Education. It allows students to acquire knowledge and understanding of health, early years care and education and issues affecting the health and social sector. Specifically, students will learn about:

  • Needs of clients and the techniques and professional services aimed at meeting those needs:
    • Rights, responsibilities and values
    • Communication in care settings
    • Health and wellbeing
  • Factors affecting and issues involved in service delivery:
    • Service provision and practitioner roles
    • Understanding human behaviour and development

We follow the OCR specification. Tuition is partly classroom-based, exploring case studies and contemporary institutional practices as well as theories of health and social care. Students are also required to conduct a weekly work placement in a health and social care setting of their choice. Students with specific career goals in mind can adapt their coursework to suit, while those who do not have a specific career in mind will be able to do placements in a different setting each term if desired.

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • A compulsory work experience placement is undertaken during year 1 (AS) in a setting of the student's choice e.g. a primary school, care home, nursery etc.
  • Additional trips are run throughout the year to enhance the curriculum, including Behind Bars (Nov - year 13).
  • There is also an optional annual trip to Pattaya in Thailand where students can practice what they have learnt working with orphans and students at the Father Ray Foundation.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.


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