Health and Social Care Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop practical skills and knowledge which may enable students to pursue a career in this area
  • Learn the importance of following policies and procedures whilst being able to put the theory they learn in the classroom into practice
  • Develop an awareness of the implications of Health and Social Care for the individual, the community and the environment, and to understand the nature and significance of individual and social differences in their own and other cultures
  • Take responsibility for, and reflect on, their own learning and develop skills that are essential for the modern-day health care workplace

Years 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: BTEC Tech Award in Health & Social Care

What will I learn?
We are all affected by Health and Social Care and rely on their varied services. Through this course you will gain a real insight into how the different organisations and providers operate and develop some of the skills needed to find employment within Health and Social Care. There may be the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement within Health and Social Care in order to get first-hand experience of some of the topics you will be studying.

How will I learn?
This course develops key transferable skills such as; oral communication skills using group work activities, problem solving by using relevant case studies and the ability to complete extended pieces of writing. In addition, students will be encouraged to develop their independent research skills.

How will I be assessed?
You will complete two pieces of internal assessment and have one written exam.

Exam Unit:
– Health and Wellbeing
Coursework Units:
– Human Lifespan Development
– Health and Social Care Services and Values

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students can progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care course. From this, students can enter higher education or enter the employment market. Typical career paths include: nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, early years education and primary education, social work, working with disabled people and youth work.

Year 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

Why study Health and Social Care?
The Health and Social Care course is vocational in nature and will appeal to those students who enjoy studying a subject that is directly relevant to their lives and experiences. It is a diverse subject that provides students with knowledge and understanding of caring organisations and the people they serve.

What will I learn?
You will learn about the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing. You will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations. You will focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

How will I learn?
A variety of teaching and learning methods are used in order to meet the needs of our students. This will include group work, use of case studies, practical skills for the future, work experience placements as well as school visits to places such as the Women’s Refuge Centre in Newcastle.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 Human lifespan development (exam)
  • Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (portfolio)
  • Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care (exam)
  • Unit 7 The Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (portfolio)

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9-4 (or equivalent).

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
The Extended Certificate 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. Many students then go on to university to study business, finance, accountancy and other related disciplines.