Health & Social Care

Heath and Social Care


Health and Social Care is a standalone subject at GCSE and is a vocational course.
Over the last 10 years the subject has grown in popularity as a KS4 option and is now thriving with two teaching groups in both Years 10 and 11.

All pupils following this course have an interest in the caring professions and many have gone on to the local colleges to study the subject further. They are planning to take up careers such as teaching, childcare, psychology, social work and midwifery.

While delivering the work for assessment we also aim to foster the caring qualities in our pupils that are so important for work in this field.

KS4 information:

For current year 11 students, we offer a Single Award GCSE course. The courses have been well-subscribed in recent years and results have been good with results improving every year.

For our current year 10 students, they are studying the new BTEC Technical award in Health and Social Care that offers a more vocational approach to the subject with more real-life scenario based questions to better prepare students for college and work beyond school.

The Year 11 Units Are

A911 Health, Social care and Early years Provision (60% coursework): students look at one care service, for example a care home or nursery, and produce a written study based on this service, showing how the service meet the needs of their clients.

A912 Understanding Personal Development and Relationships(40% Exam): This is about human growth and development, different factors that affect development, the self-concept and major life changes.

Next Steps:

Our students go onto study many different A-Levels from Health and Social Care level 3 to Psychology and Biology. They have also gone onto complete apprenticeships in many caring professions such as: Nursery Nurse, Elderly Care and Nursing.  

A level or Level 3 Diploma at:

John Leggott college

Selby college

Pontefract college

North Linsey college

The course is useful to anyone interested in working with people or caring for them. There are specific links however for pupils who want to work in a caring profession such as: Social Work, Medical Professions (from Nursing and Doctors to Paramedics), Speech and Language Therapy, Early Years, Primary or Secondary Education or Health.

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