Health and Social Care

The department aims to achieve the maximum potential of students studying for a Health and Social Care qualification, teaching in the most innovative and stimulating way possible for students, using a variety of methods to encourage the highest level of student response.

Summary of subject content


This subject actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care to enable them to develop as effective and independent learners. Students are encouraged to 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.

Students begin to develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social-care and early-years sectors. Issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues, are examined in depth to help develop students' awareness of the influences on an individual's health and well-being, and an understanding of the importance of motivation and support when improving health.

This subject is available at GCSE.

Scheme of Work

Due to recent changes from the DfE regarding specifications an update for this subject will be available at a later date. 

Exam board: AQA

40% of the subject content is assessed externally.

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships (48201), a written paper lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes, worth 70 marks or 40% of the final grade.

60% of the final grade is completed under controlled conditions, assessed internally by teachers and moderated by AQA. These take the form of written assignments.

Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision (48202)

Additional Information

Revision sessions are an important part of the department’s commitment to student progress. AQA endorsed revision guides will be provided in January 2016.

Career Opportunities

A qualification in health and social care can lead to a variety of care work options, including: