Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

The subject is important within the curriculum as it gives students the opportunity to learn about and discuss a wide range of real-world topics in a safe environment.

The subject tackles the four main forms of development from birth until elderly age and gives students a real insight into what happens in terms of development throughout these age ranges but also life events. Students gain knowledge of legislation, types of support that can be accessed as well as what the caring profession is about.  

The Health and Social Care curriculum enables learners to:  

  • actively engage in the processes of health and social care to develop as effective and independent learners;  
  • understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations;  
  • develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social care and early years sectors;  
  • examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues. 

Health & social care curriculum information for Years 9-11



Introduction to Health and Social Care 




Component one teaching Learning Aim A 

Learning Aim A 



Component one teaching Learning Aim B 

Learning Aim B 



Component three teaching 




Component three teaching 




Component three assessment 

Component two teaching 

Component 3 Learning Aim A and B first attempt May 



Component two Learning Aim A 

Resit of component 3 February 



Component two Learning Aim B 


BTEC course information 

Qualification & Board 

L2 BTEC in Health and Social Care  

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

Students will study three components over the three years, they will complete coursework for each component. 

Component one – Human Lifespan and Development. The focus of this component is to understand how individuals grow and develop throughout the lifestages as well as the life events they will encounter and the support available. 

Component two – Health and Social Care Services and Values. This component requires learners to look at the range of care professionals and settings within health and social care . 

Component three – Health and Wellbeing. Learners will focus on how health and wellbeing is defined and the factors that affect this, they will also consider how an individuals health and wellbeing can be measured. 

Potential Career paths 

Nurse, carer, social services, teacher, social worker, midwife, doctor, dietician, radiographer, physiotherapist, occupational therapist – the possibilities within health and social care are vast. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals) 

Component 1 – complete a comprehensive report of an individuals growth and development evaluating the factors that have affected them and the impact they have had. Learners will then be required to choose a life event and interview two individuals who have experienced this, they will then discuss the similarities and differences between the two and consider the support they have received. 

Component 2 – using the case studies provided learners will research the care professionals and settings suitable for those individuals, describe the barriers that they could face and how these could be overcome. Learners will then complete a role play demonstrating the care values and evaluate their performance in a report. 

Components 1 and 2 are teacher assessed and a selection sent for moderation. 

Component 3 – learners will be presented with a scenario, they will be required to identify the positive and negative factors effecting the individuals health and wellbeing as well as focusing on a specific life event and considering how this effected the individual. Learners will the be required to assess the physiological data of the individual and explain their current health and risks to future health. 

Component 3 is a controlled assessment completed in exam conditions and externally marked. 

Core or Option 


No Option Choices (GCSE only) 


No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

 1 BTEC grade