Advanced GCE and Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare

FAQs Health and Social Care

For Unit 3, GCE Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Childcare Pathway), the advance information states that section 2.3.1 'Theories and principles of child development' is a key area of focus for revision and final preparation for the Unit 3 exam in Summer 2022. Does this mean that theories can be assessed anywhere in the paper?

Yes. It is possible that theories and principles of child development could be assessed in either section of the examination paper in Summer 2022. The topic areas listed in the AI will be largely, although not exclusively, tested through the higher tariff questions. Other subject content will be covered in the remaining questions. The aim should be to cover all specification content in teaching and learning.

For Unit 5, GCE Health and Social Care, and Childcare (Adult Social Care Pathway), the advance information states that section 2.5.2 (a) The key theories associated with understanding and management of specific behaviours' is a key area of focus for revision and final preparation for the Unit 5 exam in summer 2022. Does this mean that theories could be assessed anywhere in the paper?"

Yes. It is possible that key theories associated with the management of specific behaviours could be assessed in either section of the examination paper in Summer 2022. The topic areas listed in the AI will be largely, although not exclusively, tested through the higher tariff questions. Other subject content will be covered in the remaining questions. The aim should be to cover all specification content in teaching and learning.

What does the qualification cover?

The qualification enables learners to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding within the context of health and social care, and childcare.

The following current issues are included in the specification:

  • promoting health and well-being
  • supporting health, well-being and resilience in Wales
  • theoretical perspectives of children and young people's development
  • supporting the development, health, well-being and resilience of children and young people
  • theoretical perspectives of adult behaviour
  • supporting adults to maintain health, well-being and resilience.

Who is this Qualification for?

The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is suitable for post-16 learners who are interested in learning about the development and care of individuals throughout the life span from conception to later adulthood. Learners will follow a broad study of health and social care, and childcare at AS, and can then choose between two pathways at A2 to develop depth of knowledge and understanding in either childcare or adult health and social care.

The qualification provides a suitable progression route for learners who have studied Level 2 qualifications within the health and social care, and childcare suite including:

  • GCSE Health and Social Care, and Childcare
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts
  • Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core, or
  • Level 2 Children's Care, Play Learning and Development: Core.

GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is also suitable for learners who have not previously studied Health and Social Care but who are capable of Level 3 study.

Qualification structure

The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is divided into a total of six
units, two AS units (Unit 1 and Unit 2) and four A2 units (Units 3, 4 ,5 and 6). A level learners
study a total of four units: two AS units plus the two A2 units related to their chosen pathway.

Unit Unit Title Assessment
1 Promoting health and well-being External
2 Supporting health, well-being and resilience in Wales Internal
3 Theoretical perspectives of children and young people's development External
4 Supporting the development, health, well-being and resilience of children and young people Internal
5 Theoretical perspectives of adult behaviour External
6 Supporting adults to maintain health, well-being and resilience  Internal

 

Assessment

The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is assessed through 50%
internal assessment and 50% external assessment. Candidates must successfully complete:

  • externally set, internally marked assignments
  • external examinations.

What could the qualification lead to?

The qualification provides a suitable foundation for the study of health and social care through
a range of higher education courses, or into employment. Learners may also progress to other
qualifications within the health and social care and childcare suite.

In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

UCAS tariff points

The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare attracts the following UCAS
tariff points:

Grade Points
A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16

Contact us

Karen Bushell

Subject Officer
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk
029 2240 4264

Hilary Wyman

Subject Support Officer
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk
029 2240 4264

Key Documents

Specification

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Guidance for Teaching

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Examiners' Reports - Summer 2022

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Advance Information (A level) - Summer 2022

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Advance Information (AS) - Summer 2022

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Descriptor

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Summer 2022 Contingency Arrangements - A level

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Summer 2022 Contingency Arrangements - AS level

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Summer Adaptations 2022 – Childcare Pathway

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Summer Adaptations 2022 – Adult Health and Social Care Pathway

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Sample Assessment Materials - Unit 1

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Sample Assessment Materials - Unit 3

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Sample Assessment Materials - Unit 5

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Unit 2 Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) - Mark Sheet & Declaration Form

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Unit 4 Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) - Mark Sheet & Declaration Form

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Unit 6 Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) - Mark Sheet & Declaration Form

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Options Evening Flyer

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Welcome to AS/A level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare

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Order Form - WJEC GCE AS Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare Units 1 & 2

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Order Form: GCE Health and Social Care – Adult Pathways

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Order Form: GCE Health and Social Care – Childcare Pathways

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GCE HSCCC Childcare Pathway - Post-CPD FAQ (Nov 2021)

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GCE HSCCC Adult Health and Social Care Pathway - Post-CPD FAQ (Nov 2021)

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Course Materials

Digital Delegate Pack - Preparing to Teach Event - Winter 2020

WJEC Administration Handbook

This Administration Handbook provides centres in Wales with the essential information for the administration of qualifications.

Textbooks

Title
Link
WJEC AS Level Health and Social Care (also support Yr 1 Level 3 Principles and Contexts)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1860857299?ref=myi_title_dp
WJEC A level Health and Social Care: Childcare Pathway Units 3 & 4
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1860857396?ref=myi_title_dp
WJEC A level Health and Social Care: Adult Health and Social Care Pathway Units 5 & 6
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/186085737X?ref=myi_title_dp

Qualification Overview Webinar Recording

Webinar Recordings

Event

Link

Ask the Subject Team - Units 1 & 2 Click here to view
Ask the Subject Team - Units 3 & 4 Click here to view
Ask the Subject Team - Units 5 & 6 Click here to view

 

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