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Health and Social Care

Mrs B McBride


Health and Social Care

Course Title: AQA GCSE Health and Social Care Single and Double Award

Course Description

AQA GCSE Health and Social Care students have the choice of studying for a Single or a Double Award. Each Award focuses on the fundamental principles of Health and Social Care of different client groups e.g. infants, adolescents, adults etc.

The GCSE Health and Social Care actively engagesstudents in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners. Itencourages students to understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.

The course examines issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of cultural diversity. It also develops the students' awareness of the influences on an individual's health and well-being, and an understanding of the importance of motivation and support when improving health.

What you will study

Single Award – 2 Units

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

Students will focus on stages of physical growth and intellectual/social/emotional development of all five client groups. They will also learn about the different factors that can affect human growth and development.

Unit 2: Health Social Care and Early Years Provision

Students will learn about the range of care needs of major client groups, the types of services that exist to meet these needs and the ways people can obtain care services.

Double Award – 4 Units

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

Students will develop further understanding of the process of human growth and the expected patterns of physical growth and change as well as the physical, social, intellectual and emotional developments that typically take place during each stage of the five main phases of life.

Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

Students will explore further the needs of client groups, learn about the access and barriers to provision as well as examine different work roles within the Care Services.

Unit 3: The Nature and Health of Well-Being

Students will learn about the definitions of health and well-being, they will also explore the common factors that affect health and well-being and the different effects they can have on individuals and groups across the lifespan.

The knowledge gained from this Unit will help students look after their own and others’ health.

Unit 4: Promoting Health and Well-Being

Students will learn about the methods used to measure an individual’s physical health and examine the factors which positively and negatively influence health and well-being as well as the ways of promoting and supporting health improvement for an individual or small group.

How you will be assessed

Single Award:

Unit1: External Examination – Written Paper – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks – 40%

Unit 2: Controlled Internal Assessment – 20 hours – 80 marks – 60%

Double Award:

Unit 1: External Examination – Written Paper – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks – 20%

Unit 2: Controlled Internal Assessment – 20 hours – 80 marks – 30%

Unit 3: External Examination – Written Paper – 1 hour 15 minutes – 70 marks – 20%

Unit 4: Controlled Internal Assessment – 20 hours – 80 marks – 30%

Possible Careers and Further Education

AQA GCSE Health and Social Care can lead to any of the following options:

  • Training to employment in the Care sector
  • AQA GCE Health and Social Care qualification
  • Higher Education

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