Peter Symonds College

Study at PSC

This course is equivalent to 1 A level (carrying UCAS points in the same way)  and for students interested in careers in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social work and other health, social and early years related degrees.

This course can be studied alongside 2 other A levels and contributes a sound basis to many other subject degrees. It is studied over 2 years.

The course has both an academic and vocational context so you will study both in the classroom and experience placements where you will gain insight into vocational careers and be able to apply the theory you learn in college.

Course Content

Topics covered in these units include:

  • Building positive relationships in health and social care (coursework)
  • Equality, diversity and rights (exam)
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care (exam)
  • Anatomy and physiology (exam)
  • Psychology for Health and social care (coursework)
  • Public Health (coursework)

Methods of Teaching

Examined units are taught in a classroom environment but the course is also very student-centred so you will be participating in presentations, group work and discussions. You will develop independent research skills and  learn to work as a team member through a variety of practical tasks and activities linked to your coursework units.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

During each of the 2 years of study you will participate in coursework units, which will be internally marked and externally moderated and undergo a total of 3 exams to gain the qualification. These 3 units will be examined and externally marked. The other 3 coursework units will be internally marked. All units are awarded distinction, merit or pass. An external moderator will confirm the grade. Successful achievement of each unit will be combined leading to a final grade for the whole qualification which carries UCAS points.

Where Could It Take Me?

As mentioned above this course will enable you to apply for university degrees in subjects such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography and paramedic science. Also degrees in social work, primary teaching or youth studies. It will make you employable in the areas of childcare, youth work, older people care, adult disability care or give you access to higher apprenticeships.

Financial Implications

You are advised to purchase an e textbook currently £16 or a hard copy for approximately £24. An additional photocopying charge of £10 will be required to cover the cost of providing booklets of support material for your studies. The college has a student support fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Work Experience

In addition to classroom teaching and coursework there will be a work experience commitment on a weekly basis during at least the first year of the course in a range of care settings. This will contribute to your studies as well as help you make an informed career choice. It will also support your university application. The college will fund the required enhanced DBS check to enable you to do the work experience.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.