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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

A Level (Double Award)


Why study Health & Social Care?

If you wish to work within Social Care settings, you will find that this course offers you the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the broad aspects of health and social care, its organisation and related services. It will provide you with the relevant qualifications and knowledge to move forward in the wide range of careers opportunities available within Health and Social Care.

What will you study?

This qualification is currently under review nationally; however, students are likely to study a range of topics that include:

  • Promoting Quality Care
  • Communication in Care Settings
  • Promoting Good Health
  • Health and Safety in Care Settings
  • Caring for People with Additional Needs
  • Health as a Lifestyle Choice
  • Care Practice and Provision
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Practice
  • Child Development
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Research Methods in Health and Social Care
  • You will undertake two periods of work experience.

Method of assessment

To be confirmed.

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Teacher in charge

Mrs Lynn Riches (


  • Satisfactory completion of work placements
  • Excellent attendance
  • Full participation in visits and trips

Future prospects

This course will prepare you for further training for jobs in the Health and Social Care profession, such as nursing, social work and nursery teaching.  Health and Social Care is a well-regarded route into university for the study of a wide range of courses including Nursing, Social Work and Counselling. 


Overview of KS4 Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is an OCR GCSE course.

The course is divided into two parts.

It involves the study of people from birth to death following their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. It examines how life events can shape a person.

This section is examined and is worth 40% of the final grade.

The second section is worth 60% of the final grade. This is a piece of coursework which is based on year 10 work experience which must be in a health, social care or early years setting.

Year 10

During Year 10 students will be building their knowledge and skills in order to help them complete  their Controlled Assessment (CA) in Year 11 and be able to do the exam with confidence.

No marks from Year 10 count towards their final GCSE grade.

Year 11

The Controlled Assessment takes up much of the time in Year 11 ,this has to be done in class and no preparation can be done at home. The first indication of how the CA is developing will be at the end of the Christmas term, however it is only an indication and it is not until after February half term that the CA grade will be given. The CA is worth 60% of the final mark. The mock exam mark will give an indication of the grade students will get in the summer- this is worth 40% of final mark.