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Health and Social Care

Members of the Department

Ms J O’Kane (Head of Department) Ms E Woods



Health and Social Care is the study of health and well-being. Many students with qualifications in Health and Social Care go on to have interesting and successful careers in childcare, nursing, midwifery, social work, teaching, paramedics, counselling and health visiting.


Key Stage 4 (GCSE - CCEA)

Students learn about the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development throughout the life cycle, as well as key factors which can influence health and well-being. They develop an understanding the profound influence relationships and life events can have on an individual's health and well-being. Students also examine the factors that influence a person's self-concept and how people react to change in their lives.

GCSE Health & Social Care is assessed as follows: · Personal development (90 minute examination) · Working in Health and Social Care (3 controlled assessment tasks)


Key Stage 5 (GCE CCEA) The CCEA GCE Health and Social Care specification appeals to students with an interest in health, well-being and caring for others. It gives students the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects, including communication, physiology, social policy and psychology, and develop skills including research, investigation, and analysis.

In the AS units, students explore values of care, and learn about key concepts of health and well-being and the impact of health and ill health on individuals. They will also explore the ethos of positive care and the value of communication in the health, social care and early years sectors. This will include a 90 minute placement, once a week for 10 weeks in a local health, social care or early years setting.

Students who continue to A2 will explore health promotion and how families experiencing difficulties are supported by the voluntary, statutory, private and informal sectors.

AS (40%) & A2 (60%) Health & Social Care are assessed as follows: · Two coursework units (both AS&A2) - 50% · One examination (both AS & A2) – 50% (2 hours)


Career Opportunities


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