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Advanced Health and Social Care is intended to provide students with a broad knowledge of the health and social care sector. It enables students to investigate a range of areas within the health and care services and is an appropriate course for candidates wishing to enter employment in the field of health and care or continue with higher education.
Three unit AS award -taken over a one year period. Students will study units 1, 2 and 3
Some units are assessed by a portfolio of evidence while others are externally assessed by a written exam.
One third of the course is externally assessed.
The following units are externally assessed - Unit 1, 4, 7 and 12.
A portfolio is a record of the evidence of achievements over the year. The evidence allows you to demonstrate you have achieved the skills, knowledge and understanding to gain the qualification.
In year 13, a guest speaker from the Southern Area Hospice visits the school as part of Unit 3 to share with the pupils.
For part of unit 2, pupils take part in observations in social care situations, eg nurseries, primary schools, and nursing homes.
Pupils get the opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills by completing a multitude of tasks. This skills include communication, presentation, organisational, team work and independent thinking.
Health and Social Care is particularly useful for students who wish to progress to nursing or degree programmes in areas such as: