Health & Social Care

Staff Quote

Subject Leader

Claire Scott


Lorraine Anglum
Kirsty Freeden
Kelly Hodgeson
Anne Mason

The greatest wealth is health.
- Virgil

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- World Health Organization, 1948

At the heart of the challenges ahead is the need to recruit up to 250 000 new staff over 10 years to counterbalance the expected retirement of 30% of the current workforce in the East of England
- Rosie Varley (Chair of the Regional Skills Forum, East of England)

Why study Health and Social Care?

Studying Health and Social Care can be a gateway into a number of different very rewarding career options, from nursing, medicine, health studies, managing health and care services, social policy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, radiography, social work or youth work. Within the subject we learn about effective communication with patients and service users and overcoming barriers to communication in the workplace; skills which are useful in all areas of life. There is preparation for the workplace with coaching in interview skills and CV writing, and a period of work experience in a health and social care setting thus allowing students to explore different career options. Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology are taught by a specialist teacher with a professional nursing background and within the subject an understanding of hazards in health and social care settings are investigated with practical application through hazard analysis and risk assessment of a range of settings. Equality, diversity and rights of service users are explored through case studies and understanding of the legal framework.

Aims / Objectives

In Health and Social Care we :

  • Promote effective communication through a study of barriers to communication and understanding of interpersonal skills
  • Foster an understanding of equality, diversity and rights through a theoretical study of legislation linked to an applied study of care values and principles using practical examples and case studies
  • Prepare students for the work place through self evaluation and preparation for interviews and CV writing as well as mentoring through periods of work placements.
  • Teach students to analyse and apply learnt information to practical settings.
  • Set SSS regularly to reinforce learning and carry out research in preparation for assessments and coursework.
  • Prepare students for further study of health and social care whether it be college or university
  • As assessment is predominantly through coursework, students have the opportunity to respond to feedback and improve their work.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study Health and Social Care
The present course is:

  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (equivalent to two GCSEs) Assessment is through coursework and there is no external examination.

Key Stage 5

In the sixth form students have the option of studying the following Health and Social Care course:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care. This course is an acceptable UCAS entry route in to Higher Education. The assessment is through internally assessed assignments only; there are no external examinations for this course.
  • BTEC Level 2 Firsts (equivalent to two GCSEs) Assessment is through coursework and there is no external examination.