Health and Social Care


  • develop their interest in health, social care and early years.
  • draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • develop higher order thinking skills, creative thinking and problem-solving, where appropriate.
  • apply their skills to work-related scenarios.
  • work with others in groups.
  • carry out research and present their findings in different formats.
  • develop advanced study skills that help them prepare for third level education.
  • develop knowledge and understanding relevant to degrees in nursing, allied health professions, social sciences, social policy, social work and early years.
  • develop skills, aptitudes and values for employment in the health, social care and early years’ sectors.
  • provide extended responses and evidence of quality of written communication.
  • demonstrate through internal and external assessments that they understand and can apply key concepts.


Mrs Stewart (Head of Department)
Mr Harding
Miss Lough
Miss Totten
Mrs Dunne (Technician)

Subject Overview

If you are thinking of a career in health, social care, early years or community justice this is an option that will help build relevant knowledge as well as practical understanding and experience.  You need an interest in people and the desire to make a difference as well as self-motivation to work consistently and meet deadlines.

Key Stage 5

We follow the CCEA Health and Social Care specification for AS and A2 level: 

What will I study?

The GCE A Level in Health & Social Care is comprised of 6 units (3 in Year 13; 3 in Year 14).  The units are:

  • Promoting Quality Care
  • Communication in Health Social Care and Early years
  • Health and Well being
  • Applied Research
  • Providing Services
  • Supporting the Family

How Will I Be Assessed?

In Year 13 and Year 14 there will be:

  • 2 Portfolios (Coursework)
  • 1 Examination
  • Year 13 exam: 2 hours
  • Year 14 exam: 2 hours

Career Opportunities

Health Care:

  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Paediatric Care
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech & Language therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist

Social Care:

  • Social Worker
  • Art therapist
  • Family Support worker
  • Residential Care
  • Disability Support
  • Youth Offenders Support
  • Adoption and fostering officer

Early Years:

  • Nursery teacher
  • Nursery supervisor
  • Childminding
  • KS1 teacher
  • Classroom assistant
  • Special Needs Teacher

Community Justice

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer/YOT