Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Key Staff

  • H Rose
  • H Carson

GCE AS/A2 Health and Social Care – Single Award

Examining Board - CCEA

GCE Health and Social Care allows students to gain knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sectors. Students learn about health and well-being, communication and health promotion. Students examine the rights and responsibilities of both patients and service providers. Students also look at the importance of communication in care settings and how positive care can be promoted.

Through practical activities (student work placement), students apply their knowledge and understanding to work-related contexts and develop research, evaluation and problem-solving skills.

What can students do with a qualification in Health & Social Care?

This is an ideal course for students who want a broad background in health and social care. Many students with a qualification in GCE Health and Social Care go on to degree-level study in a variety of subjects such as health studies, social policy, social science, social studies, psychology, nursing and/or social work. Other students go on to complete a BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care. Some students go straight into employment in the fields of health and social care.

Six Units GCE (Single Award)

Students are required to take four compulsory units (three at AS and one at A2) and 2 of the remaining five A2 units.

We currently offer:


AS Unit 1 Promoting Positive Care - Internal Compulsory
AS Unit 2 Communication in Care Settings - Internal Compulsory
AS Unit 3 Health and Well-being - 2 Hour Exam Compulsory


A2 Unit 9 Providing Services - External - 2 Hour Exam Compulsory
A2 Unit 10 Health Promotion Optional
A2 Unit 11 Supporting the Family Optional


Desirable Entry Criteria

  • Grade B in English
  • GCSE Health & Social Care - Grade C or above

Pupils will be expected to commit to a work placement the first week in November in the early years or a care setting, gather evidence based on observations and then report succinctly.



The general aims of the HSC department have been written to reflect the aims and objectives of the school.

Pupils will:

  • develop and sustain an interest in health and social care and issues affecting the care sector;
  • actively participate in practical activities which allow them to competently apply their knowledge, understanding and skills when exploring issues associated with the subject;
  • develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector including skills of research, evaluation and problem-solving in a work related context;
  • use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their Health and Social Care capability.

Staff & Responsibilities

Year 13 AS

Mrs Moorhead Unit 1 Promoting Quality Care
  Unit 3 Health and Well Being
Mrs Carson Unit 2 Communication

Year 14 A2

Mrs Moorhead Unit 9 Providing Services - 2 Hour Exam
  Unit 10 Health Promotion
Mrs Rose Unit 11 Supporting the Family

The study of Health and Social Care is useful for careers such as:

  • Teaching (primary and post-primary)
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Care (e.g. playgroup/nursery)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Care Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Education

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