King James' School

Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

What’s it all about? 

A vocational course in Health and Social Care will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education on a health and social care-related programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies. 

When studying a vocational Health and Social Care course you will explore 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 given. You will also develop transferable skills such as communication, research, planning and organisation which will help many different careers or courses in higher education.

Exam and Assessment Information: 

Due to the recent changes to applied A Levels and vocational courses, the exam boards are still finalising the details of each course. Once these specifications have been finalised the most suitable course for our learners will be selected for teaching from September 2017.

 Assessment will take place in two forms, combining external examinations and internally marked and assessed coursework that is then moderated by an external examiner

To get started: 

In order to be able to study a vocational Health and Social Care course you need to have at least a grade C at GCSE level in English, and 4 other GCSEs at grade C or above or equivalent (preferably including Sciences).

What next? 

A vocational qualification in Health and Social Care will provide valuable experience and knowledge for working in the care sector with clients of all ages, and will support progression into apprenticeships in care settings. The assessment of both coursework and examinations will prepare learners for the rigour of higher education in areas such as childcare, nursing and midwifery, mental health care and counselling..

Our students say … 

“We learn about a range of different conditions and situations that have real life meaning and will help us throughout life, not just in our education and careers.”  Freya Lythgow

 “The course helps to develop strong research and analysis skills that allow us to apply our knowledge to specific settings and clients, just like a qualified practitioner.”  Rosie Bower

Health & Social Care