Health & Social Care

Course Description

The health and social care sector is a growing area of national importance and career opportunities. Do you want to make a difference to peoples’ lives? This course will enable you to develop the knowledge and the practical skills required for a range of careers within the health or social care sector including: cognitive and problem-solving, critical thinking, intrapersonal skills, self-management, adaptability and resilience.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Features of the Course

This course is for students who are interested in learning about health and social care and provides an introduction to this sector. The content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector including:
• Human lifespan development
• Working in health and social care
• Meeting individual care and support needs
• Physiological disorders and their care

Each unit is applied to working in a range of care settings, ensuring you have a broad skill set to underpin work in health care. As a result the course will prepare you well for studies in health or social care. You will work both as an individual and in groups, and will develop confidence in your own ability to communicate in a variety of situations, preparing you for your future career.


Assessment consists of two internally assessed units (coursework) and external assessed units (examination and synoptic assessment).

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an expectation for students to complete a one-week work placement in a health or social care environment. As part of enrichment, you will have the opportunity to participate with Medical Mavericks, visit a range of universities and have guest speakers that work in the health and social care sector.

Additional Information

A visit to Edge Hill University is part of the enrichment programme to gain an insight to the campus and attend subject specific presentations and will incur a cost of approximately £10.00.

Links With Other Subjects

This course links well with: A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing. A Levels in English, History or single vocational A Level in Children’s Play, Learning & Development, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.

Future Career Opportunities

This course provides a broad educational base to move into higher education or employment within the health and social care sector including: nursing, social work, counselling, teaching, midwifery, mental health care, radiography and podiatry.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Students benefit from a wide range of classroom activities and an engaging curriculum. Your teacher will guide you through your assessments and will provide thorough feedback to help you improve your work. You will also have the opportunity to develop experience as a student mentor and complete additional qualifications such as first aid.