Health and Social Care

Our philosophy and practice is based upon collaboration and sharing resources. We have a dedicated Health and Social Care Classroom which allows students to access the books and journals they need in order to extend their knowledge of the topics being studied.

In order for students to gain the best possible support during their GCSE and A Level course, staff teach units that are relevant to their areas of expertise.

Programme of study:

Unit title Assessment Topics studied
Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision Controlled assessment. (coursework) The range of care needs of major client groups
The ways people can obtain services and the possible barriers preventing access
The types of services that exist to meet clients’ needs, including how they are developed and organised.
The principles of care that underpin all care work
The main work roles and skills of people who work in health, social care and early years services
Understanding personal development and relationships Exam.
June (year 11).
1 ½ hours
The stages and patterns of human growth and development
The different factors that affect growth and development
The development of self-concept and different types of relationships
Major life changes and sources of support.

Frequently asked questions:
How this course is assessed?
Coursework makes up 60% of this GCSE course, and coursework is sent to the examination board for moderation. Course tutors will set internal deadlines to ensure that students are able to complete their coursework in time to meet the exam board’s deadline for submission of coursework. The examination is taken in June of year 11.

What does the course involve?
This is a broad-based qualification which offers students units designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training or employment. Students have an opportunity to pursue a number of vocational pathways which focus on areas of particular interest to individual students.

What are the course’s aims?
The aims of the course are to encourage students to acquire knowledge and understanding of health, social care, early years education and issues affecting the care sector. In addition, the course aims to help students develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector including: research skills, evaluation skills and problem-solving in a work related context.

How do students learn?
Students will learn using a variety of structured learning techniques including group work, debates and presentations. It is important for GCSE students to focus on learning the basic core concepts within this subject in a relaxed and creative learning environment in order to build their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin practice within the HASC sector

Other activities
Work experience is an integral part of the course, and enables the students to make clear links between theory and practice. It also provides them with valuable life skills such as good time-keeping and effective communication. Prior to the examination series students will be offered extra revision sessions with departmental staff which will be offered both during and after school time.

What can I do with my Health and Social Care at a higher level?
You could choose to study Health and Social Care at A Level. Many students who choose to follow this route enter high education to pursue careers such as teaching, social work, nursing, probation work and many others.

BTEC National Diploma and Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.

Who is the course for?

If you are looking for a career in nursing, social work, teaching, youth and community or related careers, this course is for you. The Extended Certificate and Diploma is a highly popular course and is an excellent route to university or into employment in the health and social care sector. It will give you the opportunity to progress into a rewarding and challenging career and will give you valuable work experience in a setting relevant to your interests.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent in size to two A Levels, the Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level. The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses, in health and social care disciplines, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been designed to ensure it supports progression towards higher study. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.

Learners taking this qualification will study six mandatory units:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health.

Two optional units cover the biological or psychological topics relevant to the different parts of the sector to support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector.

To develop a better understanding of the demands of working in the sector and to demonstrate their commitment and interest in the sector when applying for further study, learners can choose to take a minimum of 100 hours’ work experience as part of the course.

What could this qualification lead to?

You can use an Extended Certificate or Diploma to progress onto a degree in:

  • BSc (Hons) in Nursing
  • BA (Hons) in Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy
  • BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

How does the qualification provide transferable knowledge and skills for higher education?

All BTEC Nationals provide transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • the ability to learn independently
  • the ability to research actively and methodically
  • to be able to give presentations and be active group members.

BTEC learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

  • effective writing
  • analytical skills
  • preparation for assessment methods used in degrees. 

Progress to Employment 

Your Extended Certificate and Diploma could help you gain entry into careers like:

  • Radiography
  • Midwifery and nursing
  • Paramedic science
  • Podiatry
  • Healthcare science
  • NHS Practitioner Training


Any questions…?

If you have a question about any of the information on this page, please contact Mrs J Hooper (Subject Leader for Health and Social Care).