Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care is a mixed social science qualification which includes aspects of Psychology, Sociology and Law. People studying this subject may work in health, social care or early year’s settings.

Expectations of the department:

• Homework to be planned and presented properly
• Homework to be done on time

• Files to be organised effectively
• If a lesson is missed use department catch up sessions to work with staff

• Actively engage in the processes of health and social care to develop as effective and independent learners
• Use a wide range of sources to obtain up to date information e.g. newspapers, Internet, text books etc.
• Develop the use of ICT for presentation
• Develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within health, social care and early years sectors.

To support the achievement of top grades, students should:
• Watch the news to keep up to date with the constant change within this sector.

This course gives you the opportunity to learn more about people in these different settings and life stages. You will learn how humans grow and develop through life, how early years’ settings are run, as well as gaining an insight into the NHS.

Unit 1 (A911)Portfolio: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

This portfolio involves an investigation into early years, based on a work placement, where you will:

  • Find out how children’s needs are met in a pre-school setting.
  • Discover the barriers that children may have and how these can be overcome.
  • Find out which services are used in connection with early years.
  • Learn about job opportunities in the sector and take the opportunity to interview people who work in early years.
  • Learn about the job roles and the responsibilities.
  • Discover if you have the necessary skills and qualities to work in early years.

Unit 2 (A912)Exam module: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

This module involves learning about how humans grow and develop throughout life. You will identify factors which affect human growth and development, as well as understand the impact that these factors have on our self-esteem. We will also focus on relationships with others as well as who can help and support people in times of need.

This subject offers the full range of GCSE grades A* – G.

GCSE Health & Social Care provides a useful introduction to A level Health and Social Care in the sixth form, as well as giving practical information related to working in a care setting for all levels and job roles.

In 2016 74% of our students achieved Grades A*- C.

If you enjoy learning about health and well-being, then the Health and Social Care A Level will stretch and challenge you by exploring the rights and responsibilities of both patients and service providers. You will gain a valuable insight into a broad spectrum of issues fundamental to meeting the needs of health and care clients and you will look at the importance of effective communication and its role in supporting positive relationships. Through practical activities, you will be able to apply your knowledge and understanding to work-related contexts and develop research, evaluation and written skills.

The AS course focuses on clients’ needs, professional services and legislation, with modules on Promoting Quality Care, Communication in Care Settings and Promoting Good Health. At A2, you will examine Child Development, Care Practice and Provision and Social Trends, based on a case study.

The course aims to give you a varied learning experience and will be a combination of a student centred approach to learning, involving research for assignments, guest speakers, lectures, group work and discussions. You must be prepared to allocate time outside of lessons to plan and prepare what could be seen as challenging material. We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into their portfolio work, although we will offer 1:1 support in relation to all units of study.

Progression Opportunities

A qualification in Health and Social Care is highly valued by many universities and employers alike. Some possible career progression opportunities are nursing, midwifery, teaching, youth work, residential care, social work, radiography, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and the probation service.

In 2016 100% of students achieved Grades A*- C, with 67% achieving Grades A*- B.

Useful website addresses for GCSE Health & Social Care:

Useful website addresses for A Level  Health & Social Care:

BBC http: (Follow the links to health pages)
British Complementary Medicine Association:
British Heart Foundation:
British Medical Journal:
Care and Health:
Care Homes:
Caring for Older People:
Child Accident Prevention Trust:
Community care:
Complementary Medical Association:
Complementary Medicine Practitioners:
Department of Health
Doctor Patient Partnership
Federation of Holistic Therapists
Food and Exercise

We have excellent links with local health, early years’ education and social care providers, who provide an interactive experience for our students. This is in the form of work place visits and presentations from professionals in the health and social care fields. We also encourage student involvement in various volunteer projects to provide a practical application to the subject and enhance their learning experience.

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