About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is on the rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase. Study of this sector at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study. There are also strong opportunities for post-16 progression in this important sector. The course aims to actively engage students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners and encourage 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 examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues. 

Please click below for the full Health and Social Care Curriculum Map which outlines the content of Year 7-13 in more detail.  Also available is other useful information about the Health and Social Care department.



Health and Social Care Curriculum Narrative and Map

For full details of the structure and content, please refer to the Health and Social Care Curriculum Narrative and Map.

Health and Social Care Example Schemes of Learning

Year 10 Example Schemes of Learning

Year 10 Example Scheme of Learning

Staff Contacts




Mrs M Beccan

Head of Department


Ms M Dunford

Deputy Headteacher



All Health and Social Care students have many enrichment opportunities. These include educational visits from doctors, nurses, midwives and social workers. Students also go on trips to residential homes and day centres for the elderly. Past trips have included the Museum of Childhood, the Hunterian Museum of Medicine and the Wellcome Collection.