Health and social care

Aims of the curriculum

  • To prepare students for a career in Health, Social Care or Early Years Provision
  • To prepare students for further or higher academic study in HSC & EY
  • To educate students in the workings of HSC & EY services, equipping them for family life, adulthood and parenthood.
  • To promote a caring ethos to carry with us throughout all aspects of life


Curriculum overview

About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase. Study of this sector at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study. There are also strong opportunities for post-16 progression in this important sector.

Year 10

  • Component One – Human Lifespan Development. Completed up until February half term. Coursework Unit.  Students will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.
  • Component Two – Health and Social Care Services and Values.
  • Completed from February until the end of year 10. Coursework Unit.  Students study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.
  • Both components together = 60%

Year 11

  • Component Three – Health and Well Being
  • EXAM. This takes place either a week in February or a week in May.  Students will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.
  • This is component is worth 40%


Progression after Key Stage 4

Many Health and Social Care students will continue their studies at Btec Level 3 and even to degree level. The subject will equip students with the knowledge and skills to consider a career in any of the caring professions, for example, Primary School Teaching, Nursing, working with those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental disabilities, Social Work, Nursery Nursing, caring for the elderly, Counselling, Environmental Health. It will also compliment subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Science, PE, etc. and will give people the knowledge and understanding of the services and support available to them and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

  • Coursework Catch-up/revision sessions during period 6 of year 11.
  • Several tasks require students to arrange and carry out interviews with practitioners, service users, parents etc. A visit to an Early Years care setting would be extremely beneficial, but would need to be arranged independently.

Useful health and social care websites