“ …in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity” – Albert Einstein

“Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability” – William Osler

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi


(Purpose)It provides students with a foundational understanding of the health and social care sector, helping them explore potential career paths in healthcare, social work, ethical considerations, confidentiality, and the wellbeing of individuals.

Developing Key Skills: It helps students develop essential skills such as communication, empathy, problem-solving, and teamwork, which are valuable in healthcare and social services professions. It teaches them effective communication techniques with clients, colleagues, and other professionals, and developing empathy and active listening skills.

Awareness of Health Issues: Students gain knowledge about health-related issues, including physical and mental health, which can benefit them personally and make them more informed citizens. They also learn about infection control, hygiene and preventing the spread of infections in healthcare settings. Dementia Care, understanding dementia and its impact on individuals and families and strategies for providing person-centered care is also a key component of this course. Furthermore, understanding the structure and function of the human body and common health conditions and their effects, such as: cancer, diabetes, blood pressure etc. which basic anatomy and physiology is covered. Strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles and nutrition, exercise, and mental health awareness.

Preparation for Further Study: It can serve as a steppingstone for those who wish to pursue higher-level qualifications or degrees in health care, public services, law, sociology, midwifery, teaching, social work, and many other careers within social sciences which involve working with others in the future.

Career Exploration: It offers insights into various roles within the sector, helping students make informed decisions about their career paths. It introduces the legal framework of healthcare and social care and the importance of confidentiality, consent, and capacity. Recognizing signs of mental health issues. To add, students are educated in providing support and signposting to appropriate services and referral processes/collaboration with social workers.

Community Engagement: It encourages students to engage with their communities and understand the challenges and needs of vulnerable populations. This course also promotes equality and respecting diversity in health and social care setting whilst addressing discrimination and bias. It fosters their Cultural Competence, recognizing and respecting cultural differences in care provision whilst delivering culturally sensitive care.

Overall, studying health and social care at level 2 in secondary school provides a well-rounded education that equips students with both knowledge and skills for potential careers in this important field and fosters a sense of social responsibility.

  1. Component 1: 30% – This is assessed under exam conditions, and students will create a piece of course work using class notes and homework from their learning throughout the year.
  2. Component 2: 30% – Similar to Component 1, it’s also assessed under exam conditions, and students will put together a course piece using their class notes and homework from throughout the year.
  3. Component 3: 40% – This is an external exam that lasts 2 hours.

In addition to these assessments, students will receive regular ongoing feedback throughout the year from completing formative assessment. They’ll also have the chance to practice their subject knowledge through mini tests in class to identify their strengths and weaknesses. These assessments will reveal gaps in students knowledge and highlight areas where they need to improve in preparation for their Pearson Set Assignment (PSA).

Homework will be set once a week which will extend and consolidate the learning taking place in the classroom. Homework tasks may take up to 60 minutes to complete on a computer device.

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