Health and Social Care


Welcome to Health and Social Care!

IMG_3163Health and Social Care is one of the Applied Learning Vocational options available to students from Year 9. Despite misconceptions, Health and Social Care is not just for students who have aspirations of working in the Health Services. The emphasis of the core units are to encourage the application of theory and information to the practicalities of everyday working life. The range of topics covered includes many of the essential themes in employment: Communication Skills, Health and Safety, Diversity and Equality of Opportunities.

The programme is enhanced by investigation of human development and well-being through aspects of Health, Health Promotion, Life events and relationships.

The course therefore provides students with a background of essential skills for their future careers and lives in society.

The choice of the Applied Vocational programme has proved to be easily accessible to many students and provides an alternative strategy to learning. Although new examination requirements are being introduced to ensure the qualifications are as robust as other core GCSE and A Levels, there remains a significant opportunity to develop learning skills that are suitable and essential for Undergraduate study. Through the course students are supported to gain skills in research and the use of the information found, which leads to the application of the key topics to current practices. Initially the focus is on health and social care settings, however, the application of the core subjects can be transferred to many other working environments.

It is a requirement that students in Year 10 use at least one week of their Work Experience placement to spend time in a relevant care setting to the programme they have chosen.

Although not compulsory, students following the level 3 programme would gain significant benefit from a placement in a care setting at some point in the course.  The programmes at Level 3 gain UCAS points equivalent to A Levels.

At the end of the course it is our vision that each student will:

·         think and act as an independent learner

·         increase skills in the assessment and analysis of information

·         have skills to manage their own workload and meet deadlines

·         develop efficient skills in research

·         select and create evidence from information to meet specific requirements

·         apply legislation and know information to every-day working environments

·         develop effective communication skills

All Applied Learning programmes are subject to External Standards Verification before final results are awarded by the exam board.

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Our Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

OCR GCSE in Health and Social Care for 2014-2017 (only)

Students follow a pattern of either two or three days per week in Years 9 to 11, plus an expectation of homework as set out in the Homework Plan for the year.

Assessment: 40% Externally set examinations and 60% Controlled Coursework

Examined Topics

Safeguarding  and protecting individuals:

Recognising risks to safety
Safeguarding individuals
Infection control
First Aid practice

Understanding personal development:

Stages of growth and development
What affects our growth?
How do life-events change our lives?
Development of self-concept
Major life changes and support

2 Coursework Tasks:

Health, Social and Early Years Services

In ONE week of your Year 10 Work Placement you will investigate the many aspects of ONE Care setting. You will use this information to write a report that describes:

Care needs and Service provision
Principles of services
Job Roles, Skills and responsibilities of people who work in Health, Social care or Early Years Services

Promoting Health and Well-being

This task is an investigation into the aspects of health and risks to health. It will include:

Factors affecting health and well-being
Measures of Health
Health Promotion
Ways to improve health 


Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 2 GCSE)/Level 2 Award in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 1 GCSE).

From Year 9 September 2015

The Key Stage 4 curriculum for the BTEC programme was fully revised in 2015 to remain accredited as a vocational GCSE equivalent.  Students follow a pattern of either two or three days per week in Years 9 to 11, plus an expectation of homework as set out in the Homework Plan for the year.

Assessment : 25% Externally set examinations of 1 hour and 75% course work.

External tests are taken in January or June and have 1 hour for completion. They test the knowledge and application of key topics to case studies.

4 Compulsory Units:

Unit Core units Assessment

1 - Human Lifespan Development - External Test

2 - Health and Social Care Values 

Mandatory units

3 - Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

9 - Healthy Living - External Test

4 Optional specialist units chosen from: All course work based:

4 - Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing Internal

5 - Promoting Health and Wellbeing

6 - The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

7 - Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

8 - Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

10 - Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders

11 - Services in Health and Social Care

12 - Creative and Therapeutic Activities in Health and Social Care

The choice of option is reflected in the knowledge areas of staff delivering the course and may be revised for each group dependent upon their interests.

 All BTEC course work is marked and returned after Internal Verification and students are provided with good feedback and clear guidance to develop their work, in accordance with the BTEC regulations.

Key Stage 5:

BTEC (CQF) Level 3. National Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care.

A 2 year course that is equivalent to 1 A level

Students have 5 lessons each week for this programme, plus an expectation of homework as directed.

What is learnt is stated below and all these areas can be applied to many career choices

                        How to communicate effectively
                        Equality and Anti-discriminatory practices
                        Health and Safety in the work environment
                        Implementation of legislation in work environments
                        The application of care values

Assessment: 6 Units of course work to complete, all Internally assessed and externally verified, there are no external examinations.

Typical tasks include:-

·         Creating display work or leaflets

·         Investigation and research for oral and visual presentations

·         Written accounts which analyse or evaluate the application of theory

The programme is excellent in the development of skills in researching information and the use of that research.  The focus throughout the programme is the application of formal knowledge and research to care environments for the benefit of the clients or care users, and the care workers.

The Units of work are based on current legislation can also be applied to many other occupational or employment environments, which  gives the students a sound understanding of the laws that impact on their future working lives.

3 Mandatory Units

1 - Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

2 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

3 - Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Three Optional Units from a range of possibilities:

7 - Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

8 - Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

11 - Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence

20 - Promoting Health Education

The work is challenging, however, we aim to support students to develop their skills in:-

·         time and workload management

·         research and the use of found information

·         review, evaluation and analysis of evidence all of which are essential skills to acquire before transition to University.

All KS5 OCR Cambridge Technical course work is marked and returned after assessment and students are provided with good feedback and clear guidance to develop their work, in accordance with the regulations of the Exam board.

Sixth form students have access to a document on the School network that allows them to track their progress.

There is always at least one designated support session each week when students can meet a member of the department team for guidance with their work or managing their workload. This is detailed in the extra-curricular booklets and posted on the VLE.

However, our teachers are always happy to arrange to meet individual students at mutually agreed times, any time throughout the school day.

Any student who is not meeting deadlines or appears to need support will be required to arrange time with the staff to allow us to guide their progression and completion of the course.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care

A 2 year course equivalent to 1 A Level

Students have 5 lessons a week for this programme, plus an expectation of homework to be completed as set, averaging 90 minutes a week.

The programme is designed for any student who is considering a career that involves working with people.  The topics in the programme are applied in care settings, however, many can be applied to other professions and fields out of work.

The mandatory units of work include :

  • Building positive relationships in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care


Plus 2 other units from a range of options available.


There are 2 methods of assessment:

Externally set and marked tests.

1. Written papers of 11/2 hours to 2 hours, which consist of a mixture of short and long answer questions. 

Current rules allow students 2 opportunities for these exams.

2. Course work that is created to meet a set of assignment tasks. 

This course work is internally marked but Moderated by  representatives from OCR, the Examination board.


Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

Saving Londoner’s Lives                                                                                       

This initiative is designed as a programme to provide emergency First Aid skills to everyone in the anticipation that many more lives can be saved through an understanding of the basic First Aid principles and what actions anyone can take to minimise the consequences of an incident.

The Department Team and other members of staff have been trained to be accredited ‘Trainers’ for Saving Londoner’s Lives.  The course is planned to be part of all Health and Social Care courses, linking it to the Health and Safety units and providing our students with an additional recognised qualification that will enhance their employability.

In addition extra-curricular courses are held after school, details of which are conveyed to students through Tutor Groups and internal mailings.

Virtual Babies

H&SC IMG_7480A number of years ago the Local Authority organised a scheme where schools could loan the Virtual Babies for students to care for. The initiative was designed to give individuals an awareness of the responsibilities of caring for a baby and reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Sutton.

Over the past 10 years, many of our students in Year 10, and some in Year 12, have cared for a Virtual Baby over a weekend. These experiences have given an insight into the ‘joys’ of parenthood.

This initiative has now ended, but the babies have been donated to Cheam High School and we are able to continue to offer this experience to our students.

A link to the latest departmental review for Health and Social Care can be found here.