Health and Social Care




  • Actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners
  • Encourages students 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
  • Develops a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social-care and early-years sectors
  • Examines issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues


Unit 1 : Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

Written paper – 1 hour 15 mins – 70 marks (40% of final grade)

Detail covered on stages of physical growth and intellectual/social/emotional development

All pupils take the same full course examination – there are no tiers.


Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

Controlled internal assessment – 20 hours (60% of final grade)

Covers needs of client groups, access and barriers to provision, work roles.

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What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Studying GCSE Health and social care will provide you with a solid foundation needed to work in this expanding industry. It can open you up to job opportunities within the industry such as nursery assistants, support workers, health assistants. You may choose to undertake further study to follow careers such as nursing, child care, counselling, medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, early years teaching etc.