Health & Social care


Around 3 million people in the UK work in the health & social care sector, that is equivalent to 1 in 10 people. Demand for both health and social care is liable to continue to rise due to the aging population, so it is undisputable that it plays a key role in UK society. The demand for people to fill these vital careers will therefore continue to increase.

The Health & Social care department will nurture every student through their journey to develop their resilience, expression and independence, growing into well-rounded individuals to succeed in today’s society. Complimenting other subject’s and the wider curriculum in school, students will experience and study a vast range of Health and Social Care topic areas requiring them to demonstrate maturity and respect for others, coupled with high expectations means students will aspire to excellence. Students will become confident and fully prepared to manage their emotions for the many challenges and opportunities they face for their health and well-being, preparing them for life and inspiring them to work in Modern Britain. Following recent events in the world (Covid 19) the Health and social care services have become even more prominent in the public eye due to them being our front-line defence. This has shown that without this sector, life in the UK would be extremely different to the complex life we currently know and are experiencing. For the foreseeable future this subject is going to be one that has a significant impact on careers and the job market for our young people entering their working life.

Career links

  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Care work
  • Childcare


Our intent is to provide a dynamic knowledge rich KS4 option, which gives learners access and progression to FE and jobs in the sector. The course is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning whilst building on their experiences of SMSC they have had during focus days in KS3. Students will use research skills, providing reliable evidence to use for supportive and critical arguments as part of their coursework. These skills are developed through the course in preparation for the application of the higher order thinking skills, evaluation and analysis required for FE.

Students learn how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to later adulthood, the factors that may affect this, such as predictable and unpredictable life events. Students will analyse this impact from both a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy and applying knowledge through the use of case studies. The curriculum allows students to secure skills for their social development, through culture capital content, understanding how people are individuals and how they can adapt to changes using local and national health and social care support.


Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 10
  • Human development – introduction to PIES (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and social) development across the 6 life-stages
  • Life events Introduction to different life events and the support available to people
  • Coursework (component 1 LAB)
  • Human growth – understand human growth and development across the life-stages including experiences of illness and diseases
  • Human growth – looking at diet, lifestyle choices, appearance, religion, social and cultural factors along with economic factors
  • Coursework (comp 1 LAA)
  • Care Values – understanding what care values are and how they can be met. What happens when they are not met? (comp 2 LAB) 
  • Students will carry out a role play to show how they apply the care values. They will then review their practice (comp 2 LAB)
Year 11
  • Factors that affect health and wellbeing.
  • interpreting health indicators (comp 3)
  • The importance of a person-centred approach to improving health (comp 3)
  • Short & long term targets (5)
  • Exam to be taken
  • Understand the different types of health & social care services (comp 2 LAA)
  • Primary, Secondary & Tertiary health care services – looking at different types of barriers.
  • (Coursework Comp 2 LAA)
  • Care Values (see year 10) (due to Covid not done in year 10)
  • Resit of Comp 3 if necessary. 

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