Health and Social Care

Ms Shaw – Subject Leader -


Ms Harbon -

Mr Vokes -

Ms Altinok -

Ms Pavely -

Ms Abbs -

Subject: Health and Social Care

The combination of human development and health, through each life stage; community inclusion through support and intervention, in an expanding and ageing population. 

Studying Health and Social Care will equip students with the knowledge to question lifestyle factors like diet, work/life balance, relationships, employment, and housing and relate this to how each affects our health and wellbeing, throughout each stage in our lives.  The subject integrates sociology, psychology and health education in the context of human growth and development.  

Key Stage Four

This course has 4 units:  A single written exam for one unit, covering topics including care values, individual rights, legislation, safety and security. Three units of coursework where students will apply theory into practice. One unit focuses on communicating and working with people in health and social care / early years settings; one unit on understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting; one unit that uses basic first aid procedures, to assess scene of accidents and identify risks or potential dangers.

 Key Stage Five

This course is offered at Level 3, over 2 years.  Students complete either a Diploma (2 A Levels), or the Extended Diploma (3 A Levels).  The Diploma has a total of 8 units: 4 are examined; 4 are coursework assessed.  The Extended Diploma has a total of 13 units: 4 are examined; 9 are coursework assessed.   There is also a Level 2 award which is offered, alongside resits for compulsory subjects - this comprises 8 units in one year and is all coursework-based.


Curriculum Information


  • Externally set and marked tests – current rules allow students up to 3 opportunities to pass each Examination.
  • Coursework – via set Assignment tasks.  Internally marked, then moderated by representatives from BTEC, the Examination Board.

The Units of work studied are based on current legislation and apply to many other occupational or employment environments, giving students a holistic understanding of the laws that impact on their future working lives.

Skills You will Develop:

  • Think and act as an independent learner
  • Increase skills in the assessment, evaluation and analysis of information
  • Ability to manage your own workload and meet timely deadlines
  • Develop competency in the ability to research and use the information purposefully
  • Select and create evidence from information to meet specific requirements
  • Apply legislation and known information to every day working environments
  • Develop effective communication skills

How to Succeed:

  • Attendance to all lessons
  • Complete all homework/coursework deadlines consistently
  • Speak to your teacher if you have to miss a lesson and collect the work missed
  • Support Sessions – there is always at least one designated support session each week when students can meet a member of the department team, for guidance with work or in managing the workload.