Course: Health and Social Care A-Level

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Health and Social Care A-Level


Sixth Form College


2 Years



The Level 3 in Health and Social Care has been developed for students aged 16+, who want to develop and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding in health, social care and child care.

This qualification isn’t about teaching you how to care for babies or the elderly and the ill however; it will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow you to progress onto Higher Education or employment within this sector.

The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other Vocational Qualifications or A-Level and can be studied as two A Levels (Double ward) or One A level (Single award).

You will take between 6 – 12 units over a two year period, made up of mandatory and optional units. Everybody will study the following mandatory units:

  • Building positive relationships in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Infection control (Doubles only)
  • Safeguarding (Doubles only)
  • Personalisation and person-centred approach to care (Doubles only)
  • The impact of long-term physiological conditions

These units will give you an understanding of health and social care within the wider contexts of different environments and settings where care takes place, the importance of effective communication in health and social care, the importance of legislation in health and social care and how to deliver a person-centred approach in the care you give.

What We Add

  • Some work‐related experience will be organised to enable you to have the opportunity of being in care settings and to meet professional care workers.
  • Opportunities to gain valuable insight into everyday happenings and events in care contexts. Students develop the confidence to discuss complex issues and organise/run health awareness programmes which are peer assessed.
  • Opportunities to gain additional qualifications in First Aid; Infection Control and Manual Handling.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional entry requirements – grade C (4-5) in GCSE English Language.


Students can progress to careers in the health service, early year’s settings and social sectors. You could also continue to Higher Education to further your studies and gain employment in areas such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, youth work, podiatry, primary school teaching, paramedics, nursing, health visitor, counselling, social work and much more.

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