Why choose this subject?

This is an exciting subject area looking at six different mandatory units and two optional units. It is for students who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme.

The course will support students to look at different aspects of life and human development as well as essential skills and competencies required to work in the vast area of health and social care.

How will this subject be delivered?

There are six mandatory units:
• Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development.
• Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care.
• Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care.
• Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs.
• Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care.
• Unit 8: Promoting Public Health.

Optional units Optional units will be selected from those listed below, including:
• Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care.
• Unit 10 Sociological Perspectives.
• Unit 11 Psychological Perspectives.
• Unit 12 Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs.
• Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their Care.
• Unit 19 Nutritional Health.

How is it assessed?

There are a number of different types of assessment throughout the course:
Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.
Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. There are eight units in total over the course of two years, of which six are mandatory (three of these are externally assessed) and two optional units. Assignment content (62.5%). External assessment (37.5%).

Subject specific entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 5-9 including Mathematics and English Language.


The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in Health and Social Care, when taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. It may lead to careers such as social work, nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, probation work, and teaching to name but a few.

Additional costs relating to this course

• DBS checks essential for work placement (administration costs paid by the school).
• Stationery.
• Occasionally students may also be required to contribute towards the cost of a trip.