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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Overview of the Health and Social Care department

Health and Social Care is studied across KS4 and KS5. The course compliments subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Biology and PE but is a subject that is also applicable across all aspects of human interactions and personal development. Students enjoy the combination of practical tasks, coursework and exam units to keep them engaged and vary tasks. Students also find that they appreciate the practical skills they develop which are transferable across a variety of careers. 

Meet the Health and Social Care teachers



About them 

L. Mackay 

Head of Department

Miss Mackay joined the Academy 6 years ago. She has a wealth of experience teaching Psychology and Health and Social Care. Miss Mackay is passionate about human development and helping young people to become positive role models within the community.

E. Prior

Teacher and Head of Sixth Form  

Miss Prior joined the Academy 5 years ago. She has taught PE, Health and Social Care and Citizenship throughout her time here and is passionate about careers within the Health and Social Care sector.

K. Atwell 

Teacher and Vice Principal 

Mrs Atwell has been teaching in the Social Sciences for the last 10 years and joined the Academy in September 2020. She has qualifications in Youth Support Work, a degree in Criminology and Psychology and a Masters in teaching. Mrs Atwell is passionate about student welfare.

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 4

This qualification allows students to apply their learning to a real-life scenario. This allows students to demonstrate their skills through practical tasks and a written exam and develops skills transferable to real life settings. The components build on each other so that students grow in confidence and abilities. 

Students will complete the following units:

  • Component 1: Human Lifespan Development 

  • Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

  • Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

View our Health and Social Care KS4 Curriculum Map 

Key Stage 5

This qualification provides flexibility for students to progress to larger-size qualifications or specialise in specific areas. The course allows for students to showcase their skills through practical assessments and underpins knowledge and skills needed to meet industry requirements.  

Students will complete the following units:  

  • Human Lifespan Development  

  • Working in Health and Social Care 

  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs 

  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs 

View our Health and Social Care KS5 Curriculum Map 

What qualifications can be gained?  

Key Stage 4

  • Level 1 or 2 Tech Award – equivalent to 1 GCSE 

Key Stage 5 

  • Level 3 Nationals Extended Certificate – equivalent to 1 A Level 

How does Health and Social Care prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?  

Key Stage 4 

Students who generally achieve at Level 2 might consider progression to: 

  • A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects  

  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Health and Social Care, which prepares students to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in aspects of health or social care.  

For those students who generally achieve at Level 1 might consider progression to: 

  • Study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, to progression to employment, to apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3.
  • For these students, the attitudes and the reflective and communication skills covered in this qualification will help them achieve further study of health and social care post-16 through the study of a Technical Certificate. 

Key Stage 5

  • This Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is designed primarily to support progression to employment via higher education. Students will be able to choose a wide range of degree programmes to progress to, depending on the other subjects they have chosen. The qualification is carries UCAS points equivalent to one A Level and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many courses. 
  • This qualification also supports students choosing to progress directly to employment as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles, industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships; for example, the Adult Social Care Apprenticeship or the Allied Health Profession Support Apprenticeship. 

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews