The course will enable students to develop an understanding of many aspects related to employment in the health and social care sector. At AS students will study Communications in Care Settings, Health Promotion and Promoting Quality Care. At A2 students will study Anatomy and Physiology, Care Practice and Provision, and Child Development. Students also undertake a weekly placement in their AS year linked to their studies and to gain relevant vocational experience.
Subjects that link particularly well with this course are Biology and Psychology. Prior study in this area is helpful, but not essential. To be successful in this course, students should feel relatively confident in their ability to work with people in the broadest context and have a genuine desire to enter employment in a related field.
Students who are successful at AS Level may wish to complete an additional year to achieve the A Level qualification, from which higher study perhaps at degree Level in this or a related area is a possibility. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or University course. Health and Social Care will support a career in a wide range of areas, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy including sports physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, social work, welfare and advice work, social work, teaching, especially primary teaching, early years etc.