Health and Social Care


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Subject Leader: Mrs C Conroy 

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Subject overview

Health and Social Care is a very broad subject area. It pulls together many different disciplines to help us understand people and their needs.

It combines biology, sociology, psychology, nutrition, and ethics. If you want to pursue a career in Health and Social Care, you will be working in a sector that is dedicated to helping other people, and improving their lives. It is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling career path.

Year 10

During year 10, students will have an introduction to the health and social care sector and the range of professional careers and responsibilities that health and social care workers have.  Alongside this, students will study human growth and development through the life stages, anatomy and physiology. Safeguarding, codes of conduct and skills for working with people will be explored and analysed.


Year 11

Students in year 11 will investigate professional practice and the role of the health and social care practitioner.  Individual needs will be covered in depth and the impact of life events on individuals will be assessed, taking into account the impact on physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and needs.

Following completion of this course, students could progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, or could pursue a range of health and social care apprenticeships.


Sixth Form

L2 Certificate in Health and Social Care

These qualifications are made up of a range of options covering key areas of current practice in health and social care, such as equality, diversity and rights in health and social care; human growth and development; safeguarding and protection for health and social care.

Students completing this course can progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, or may wish to progress to employment in the sector, for example as care support workers in adult residential settings; healthcare assistants in the community; primary care and acute health environments; care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services; or as community-based support workers.


L3 Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Students on this course will study a broad range of health and social care topics including anatomy and physiology, nutrition, mental health, psychology and sociology, safeguarding, and human growth and development.  In addition, students will undertake 100 hours of work experience in the health and social care sector where they will demonstrate skills acquired during the course.

Students completing the course often progress to university to study a broad range of degree subjects linked to the sector, for example midwifery, mental health nursing, teaching, forensic psychology, counselling and policing.