Health and Social Care (2820)

The Department for Education announced on 10 September 2015 that AS and A-level Health and Social Care cannot be redeveloped under government changes to A-levels. Read the announcement.

Our regulator Ofqual currently state that, with the exception of resits, the last time students will be able to sit exams in Health and Social Care will be in summer 2017 (AS level) and summer 2018 (A-level).

Ofqual are still consulting on the availability of resits. We expect them to be available in summer 2018 (AS level) and summer 2019 (A-level and possibly AS level), but this will be restricted to students who have previously certificated.

Find out more about these changes and which qualifications we are planning to offer in the future. You can also contact the customer support team using the details shown below.

A-level Health and Social Care 2820 covers areas which are essential to Health and Social Care such as:

  • rights and responsibilities
  • service provision
  • understanding human behaviour. 

This specification gives students a greater awareness of current issues and prepares them for higher education or the world of work; opening up career opportunities in areas such as childcare, nursing, mental health and counselling.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type A-level
Specification title Health and Social Care
Specification code 2820
Certification code 1821 AS
1822 AS
2821 A2
2822 A2
QAN codes 60052594
Guided Learning Hours 180/360 (AS Single/Double); 360/720 (A2 Single/Double)

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Amanda Luby

Amanda Luby and the customer support team.
Tel: 0161 957 3334