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Health and Social Care

What is Health & Social Care?

Health and Social Care is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK and opportunities are buoyant. You should choose the course if you are interested in exploring these areas as potential career options or if you just have an interest in health and social care and want to combine it with other subjects such a Biology, Sociology or Science for a broad and balanced curriculum at GCSE.

In today’s society many people need care and support, and there are several different career opportunities at all levels and in a variety of fields including Child care, nursing, Paramedics, Social Work, teaching, to Medicine and Community Care.


The Health & Social care course is a linear qualification taken over two years and consists of four main units of study.

Assessment takes place throughout the course with assignment tasks for each unit graded with either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

The specification is predominately coursework made up of three units which are Centre Assessed Tasks completed in class and externally moderated by an OCR visiting moderator.

There is an exam-based unit which will take place in the summer of Year 10, with the option to improve grades with a re sit exam in the summer of Year 11.

Topics you will study include:

  • Understanding basic first aid procedures
  • Understanding the body systems and disorders
  • Communication skills
  • Core values of health & social care industry