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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is delivered as an option subject in both KS4 and 5. Students interested in pursuing careers in health, education or care settings often choose these courses as they provide a foundation for the skills required in these settings; however, students also follow this path to develop a range of other transferable skills such as communication and research.


Cambridge National Certificate (level 2)

This course is studied in years 10 and 11


What will I study?


Unit 1 Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

1 hour externally assessed written paper, mandatory (25%)

  • This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment.

  • All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice.

  • The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment.

Unit 2 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (25%)

Centre assessed task, mandatory


This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting.  


In addition to these two compulsory units you will also have to complete a further two units from a selection offered by the exam board (50%)


This subject can lead to:

Health & Social Care Advanced courses Post-16.

Careers in nursing, midwifery, medicine, police service, early years education, social work, care assistants, probation service, child care and teaching.


Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care (level 3)

This course is studied in years 12 and 13

  • Are you interested in people?

  • Are you curious about the careers H&SC could lead to?

You will have 6 lessons per fortnight for year one and then you will progress onto the second year of the course to gain the overall qualification of the Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care. You will cover 3 units in the first year:


Unit 1 Building Positive Relationships (Coursework Unit)

  • This unit aims to introduce you to the many different relationships that you will encounter within the health and social care sector

  • You will get a chance to apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way

  • You will need to consider how different factors, can impact on the building of positive relationships.

  • The unit will help with your relationship building skills

Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Rights (Examination Unit)

  • You will need to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support.

  • You will gain an appreciation of how legislation and national initiatives can support and promote anti-discriminatory practice

Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security (Examination Unit)

  • This unit introduces you to health, safety and security in health and social care

  • You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip you in maintaining a safe working environment for yourself, your colleagues and individuals who require care and support

  • You will also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies with health and social care settings.

What grades do I need to have to get on the course?

5 GCSEs at C grade or above including English and Maths


Karen Andrews

Social Science Head of Faculty