Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is a popular option choice at GCSE. In Health and Social Care we study all aspects of development throughout life – from cradle to grave.

At A level Health and Social Care the topics covered are broad ranging and are applied to real life and workplace situations.

The Cambridge National Certificate in Health & Social Care is equivalent to GCSE. This qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The course is industry relevant and geared to key sector requirements and suits a broad range of learning styles and abilities. The course has been created by the exam board (OCR) in partnership with teachers, education specialists and industry-leading employers to create a qualification that offers students a solid foundation for their future studies and careers; the provision of essential knowledge, combined with transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects, will enhance their employability when they leave education and contribute to both their personal development and future economic well-being. The students are challenged by introducing them to demanding materials, encouraging independence and creativity, and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum. This includes the “Essential values of care” and the current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication. The course has a large vocational emphasis and is a good grounding for anyone interested in working within the public sector such as Hospitals, Youth service, Police and Social Care.

In Year 10 the units studied are:


This is assessed by external examination (1 hour exam) at the end of Year 10 (with options to retake in Y11 – best result counts) and accounts for 25% of the final grade.


This is a coursework unit which is completed in Year 10; it is internally assessed and externally moderated. It accounts for 25% of the final grade. It takes the form of a training pack for care workers and some practical activities which are assessed by witness statements.

In Year 11 two further coursework units will be studied which each account for a further 25% of the final grade. These are likely to be: