Subjects & Courses

HEAlth & social care

Structure and Content 

This course is  delivered with  a creative approach, using learners’ experiences as a focal point and enabling learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care through case studies.

Over the two years, you will study the following units for a BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care (two A-levels) or National Extended Diploma (3 A-levels)

Students may also wish to study one or two additional related A-levels such as biology, psychology, sociology or the BTEC Level 3 Applied Science. This qualification is ideal for students who enjoy working with people and may be thinking about a career in a care-related setting after leaving the sixth form.

Human Lifespan Development

Working in Health and Social Care

Anatomy and Physiology for Health

Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Meeting Individual Care and Support

Work Experience in Health and Social Care

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Promoting Public Health

Nutrition Health

Caring for Individuals with Dementia

Understanding Mental Wellbeing

Sociological Perspectives

Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs


Either level must be fully completed within two years to achieve the qualification.

Grading system is Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Undergraduate degree options

Students can apply for a wide variety of degrees such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social work, Youth Work and Community Support and Paramedic.

Students should ensure that they check the entry requirements for the degree they are interested in as entry requirements can vary.

You can also consider an apprenticeship. Many health trusts are developing apprenticeship programmes that can lead to a degree apprenticeship.

Possible Career Options

On successful completion of your degree or degree apprenticeship, you will be able to explore careers such as:


Social worker


Occupational therapist


Dental nurse


Entry requirements

To secure your place at Aston Manor Sixth Form, you must achieve five GCSEs at grades 4-9 (including English and maths at grade 4).

Certain courses have additional specific requirements, as shown below.


GCSE grade 5 English

GCSE grade 5 English and maths

GCSE grade 6 science and maths

GCSE grade 6 science and maths

GCSE grade 6 maths

English Literature
GCSE grade 6 English

GCSE grade 6 French
and English grade 5

Religious Education
GCSE grade 6 RE


OCR Digital Media

GCSE grade 4 English

Health and Social Care
GCSE grade 4 maths

Business Studies
GCSE grade 4 English and maths

Financial Studies
GCSE grade 4 maths

Merit at KS4 and GCSE grade 4 English

Applied Science

GCSE grade 4 English, maths
and science

How to Apply

External Applicants only

Please complete the application form and return to the sixth form office. You can find the application form here or, alternatively, request an application form from the main office.

Already a student at Aston Manor Academy?

Sixth form staff will arrange a presentation for all Year 11 Aston Manor Academy students to tell them more about progressing to sixth form and how to apply.