Are you interested in how we develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially during our lives? Would you like to know more about how individual needs are met, and about the work of professionals in the health and social care sector? If so, this course may be for you.
This course includes developing communication skills, an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity and health safety and security in a health and social care environment. Both the GCSE course and the Level 3 course covers development through the life stages, anatomy and physiology and a variety of other key areas.


Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

Why study Health and social care GCSE?

Studying health and social care actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners; it 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. Students will also develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social-care and early-years sectors and be able to examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues.

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

Where can this course take me?

This qualification can lead to a range of Higher Education courses: if studied alongside A levels in Biology and Psychology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing; if studied alongside A levels in English and History it could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education; or if studied alongside the BTEC National Diploma in Sport it could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.