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Health & Social Care

Explore key issues that influence health, social care and wellbeing of individuals and communities in the 21st century

Meet the Health & Social Care team

Meet the tutors who will share their passion for Health & Social Care as you study at Crompton House School.

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed every half-term through a key assessment.

Students will also undertake end of unit tests as a more formative assessment.

External examination is worth 40% of the total GCSE

Portfolio worth 60% of the total GCSE

How are students grouped?

Students are in a mixed ability class. They may move into smaller similar ability working groups in a lesson or groups based on their learning style.

What home learning are we expected to do?

Students are given one piece of homework every week in line with the school homework policy. These homework tasks will complement and extend the work completed in class.  The homework will often be working towards sections of the portfolio.

How can parents help?

Assisting pupils with research, ensuring homework is completed and handed in on time. Checking their homework diaries to see which part of the portfolio needs to be completed.

Examination papers and assessments can be found on the VLE and on the AQA website





















Curriculum Breakdown

Students will study for unit 1

Students will learn about personal development and relationships:

  • the stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • the different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • the development of self-concept and personal relationships
  • major life changes and how people deal with them
  • the role of relationships in personal development.

Autumn Term

  • Introduction – Key Terms & PIES
  • Life stages

Spring Term

  • All the factors effecting growth and development including self-concept

Summer Term

  • Relationships
  • Abuse & neglect
  • Support/Barriers to Care
  • Scenario and project based work

Students will study – Unit 2

Candidates will learn about:

  • the range of care needs of major client groups (Infancy years,Childhood years, Adolescence, years, Adulthood years, Later adulthood,disabled people)
  • the types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are developed and organised local and national partnership working to ensure the integration of services (health services, social care, early years)
  • the ways people can obtain care services and the barriers that can prevent people from gaining access to services
  • the main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years care and education services (GPs, care assistants)
  • the principles of care that underpin all care work with clients.

Autumn term

Assignment One: Client needs and local services

Spring term

Assignment one continued: Partnership of services and referrals

Summer term

Assignment one continued: Barriers to car and evaluation of services

Students will work on assignment two

This must include the following:

  • A description of the roles of three care workers.
  • A description of the skills these care workers need (including communication).
    For each role, an explanation of how the principles of care underpin their work (linking codes of practice/principles of care) should be given.

Autumn term

Assignment Two: Careworker roles and overview

Spring term

Assignment 2 Continued:

  • Care worker Skills & Communication

Summer term

  • Care worker’s Codes of Practice and Care Value Base

Preparation for the examination


Option choice: GCSE Health & Social Care


Course highlights:
  • Learning about your own health, are you fit and healthy?
  • Finding out more about the social and emotional issues people face in the exam unit, for example, how does a person cope with bereavement or divorce or what are the effects of abuse and neglect on children?
  • Researching and exploring all the different health services available to help people.
  • Visiting a hospital to see health services in action or listening to talks from healthcare professionals.

Unit 1 Course Highlight

  • Growth and development throughout the life-stages
  • Factors affecting growth and development such as life events and relationships
  • Sources of support for individuals

Unit 2 Coursework Highlights

  • Assignment One – An overview of a ‘client’, their needs and a review of the current local provisions to improve their health.
  • Assignment Two – A review of the roles and responsibilities of different careworkers in the health and social care profession such as midwives, primary school teachers, physiotherapists, social workers etc..
How you are going to learn on this course:

Application activities looking at case studies, real life examples, or even people you know!

  • Portfolio and coursework which involves lots of independent research.
  • Active research such as interviewing and monitoring ‘clients’ in portfolio preparation work.
How it is assessed:
  • External Examination: Worth 40% of the total GCSE, 1 hour and 15 minutes comprising of shorter and longer questions with application scenarios
  • Portfolio: Worth 60% of the total GCSE and completed as coursework in controlled conditions. Students have a set of preparation lessons and drafting time with 20 hours of controlled conditions allocated throughout the year to write up their final drafts. The controlled coursework is split into 2 assignments
Pathways and careers leading from this subject:

Any professions related to the care of people socially, emotionally and physically. For example

  • Charity work
  • Health Promotion Specialist or a Health Service Manager
  • Lifestyle Consultant or Nutritional Therapist
  • Local Government or Teaching
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social Worker
  • Nursing/midwifery
  • Health and Social Welfare e.g. social work, counseling.
Course combinations:

English is important as Health and Social care involves a large amount of written coursework. Sociology is also complementary in studying relevant issues and modules such as ‘family’.

Other information:

Websites include:

Textbook: AQA GCSE Health and Social Care: Student’s Book, Richard Smithson

Who to see for more information:

Course teachers: Mrs Owen

Mrs Marsden

Dr Leggett

Mrs Ward

You can speak to your Form Tutor, Head of House and Assistant Head of House for more advice

GCSE Specification