Course Overview

The GCE in Health and Social Care and Childcare will equip you with thorough and in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills related to the development and care of individuals throughout the life span from conception to later adulthood. You have the opportunity to develop your understanding of influences on human growth, development, behaviour and well-being. You will also gain a detailed understanding of the social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs of people who use care and support services, and recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. 

This qualification cannot be taken as a single A Level, and can only be combined with the WJEC Diploma in Health and Social Care.

The WJEC Diploma in Health and Social Care is a double subject. By taking the A Level in Health and Social Care, it becomes a triple subject.

Unit 1: Promoting health and well-being (Exam 2 hours) 

A written paper comprising of a range of question types to assess specific content related to promoting health, well-being and resilience. The paper is presented as a question-and-answer booklet. All questions are compulsory. 

Unit 2: Factors affecting individuals’ growth and development across the lifespan and how this impacts on outcomes, care and support needs (Exam 1 hour 45 minutes) 

This task assesses the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to how the health, well-being and resilience of individuals in Wales are supported through outcome focused care. 

THE TASK REQUIRES LEARNERS TO: 

produce a report on how practitioners from the health and social care, and childcare sectors work together within legislative guidelines to promote outcome focused care 

provide information which would be of relevance to learners planning a future career in the health, social care, and/ or childcare sectors. The work can be submitted as a presentation, a blog, or an infographic. 

Unit 5: Theoretical perspectives of adult behaviour (Exam 2 hours 30 minutes) 

A written paper comprising of a range of question types to assess specific content related to psychological and sociological perspectives of adult behaviour. 

Unit 6: Supporting adults to maintain health, well-being and resilience people (NEA 40 hours) 

This task assesses the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to supporting and maintaining health, well-being and resilience in adults in Wales. 

The task requires learners to produce an information resource for someone planning a future career in the adult health and social care sector. 

This specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for you even if you do not progress to further study in this subject. It provides a suitable foundation for the study of health and social care and childcare through a range of higher education courses, or into employment. 

6 GCSEs A* – C

GCSE English Language – Grade C recommended 

GCSE Health and Social Care- Grade C recommended