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Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care provides preparation for a wide range of careers within the care field and places emphasis on the ability to develop skill-based practice as well as academic achievement.A crucial element of working within a caring profession is the ability to understand how to communicate with and care for service users in a suitable way. This is of paramount importance in the teaching of this course.

Why study Health and Social Care?

The course here at Coleraine Grammar School, offers the opportunity to develop transferable skills, qualities and knowledge needed to work in the health and social care sector, including promoting quality care, communication in health, social care and early years settings and health and well-being. Students will also have the opportunity to explore body systems and physiological disorders, health promotion as well as ways of supporting the family and providing services.

Learners will also develop key skills in the areas of Using Maths, Literacy and ICT, whilst linking them to the caring environment. Learners will also have the opportunity to listen to outside speakers who have specialist knowledge within the caring field.Primary experience is a fundamental aspect of the Year 13 course and will be completed to help with the coursework element.

Entrance Requirements

Desirable Criteria: Students must meet Coleraine Grammar School’s entry requirements into Sixth Form.GSCE English Grade B; GSCE Grade C in Maths and Science is also required.

You do not need to have studied Health and Social Care at GCSE to commence this course at A-level.

Content at AS level

At Coleraine Grammar School, the students follow the AS and A2 syllabus of CCEA examining body.Single Award is the option available. The units are as follows:

Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care (coursework module)

Unit 2: Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings (coursework module)

Unit 3: Health and Well-being (examination module)

Content at A2 level

A2 2: Body systems and Physiological Disorders (coursework module) 

A2 3: Providing Services (examination module) 

A2 5: Supporting the Family (coursework module) 


At each level, there are three units to be covered of equal weighting.One of these is externally examined and the other two are internally assessed through portfolio based practice. Due to the nature of the course a sound level of application, critical analysis, evaluation and essay writing is needed.

Health & Social Care Staff

  • Mrs C. McCormick B.Sc., PGCE
  • Mrs A. Cooper B.Sc., M.Sc., P.G.C.E.;
  • Mrs S. Donnelly B.Sc., P.G.C.E.
  • Miss J McCracken B.Sc., P.G.C.E.