Hagley Catholic High School
Principal: Mr J Hodgson

Called as God’s family, we strive to achieve our personal best, by living and learning in Christ.


Health & Social Care

Health and Social care is taught at Key Stage 4 by one truly dedicated teacher and is passionate not only about her subject but all students at Hagley, she is ably supported by staff who suport the currciulum at Key Stage 3.


To view the curriculum mapping document for the department please click the link to the right. If you have any queries then please contact the Subject Leader.

Subject Overview


Department Mission Statement

Health and Social Care is a subject that I am extremely passionate about and show this through my commitment to not only delivering engaging, fun and relevant lessons but also my commitment to every student that comes through my door. Students are expected to demonstrate in depth, research, analytical and evaluative skills that are invaluable, not only for academic success but also useful beyond the classroom. The Health and Social Care course at KS4 & KS5 covers the knowledge of Communication, Values of Care and Life Stages which are all important elements if students look at working within the care sector. Alongside the knowledge that must be covered students find that they are able to relate to many items that are covered within the lessons, as it is everyday life that people are dealing with on a daily basis which makes the subject of interest to many and exciting to teach.

Year 10

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

The certificate that student's study is equivalent to 1 GCSE and has 3 separate components to it. 2 pieces of coursework and 1 external exam. Every student will complete 1 piece of coursework in Year 10 and learn the content for the second piece of coursework which will be complete in the October of Year 11. Supporting individuals through life events and Health promotion campaigns


· On completion of ‘Supporting individuals through life events’ coursework unit, students will be able to show knowledge of specific life stages and factors that may have impacted individuals at this age. The student will base their coursework on an individual of their choice. This makes it more relevant to them and interesting. They will also look at any life events that may have happened and what support could be offered. This helps students really understand the world around them and challenges that people may face.

· On completion of the ‘Health promotion campaign’ students will learn about public health challenges faced by the UK, the approaches used to encourage health and well-being and their importance to society. Students will study factors that affect a healthy lifestyle and the way the campaigns can be designed to target different groups of people. Alongside the content students will also learn to plan and deliver a small-scale health promotion campaign.


  • Knowledge and skills are assessed for both, with the practical element being assessed through a witness statement and both units will be internally assessed and externally moderated at points throughout the year.

Year 11

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

In Year 11, students continue working towards the overall qualification. They will complete their second piece of coursework that they had started in year 10 on ‘Health Promotions’ and then study towards the final exam taken in the summer.


The examined unit is designed to examine the key aspects of working in health and social care settings. Students will learn about ways of supporting service users' rights and using effective communication skills so that they can provide person – centred care. They will also learn about ways of valuing diversity and providing equal opportunities in order to meet the needs of service users who are using the care setting. It is also essential that care environments are safe, healthy, hygienic and secure, students will explore the measures and procedures that are needed to protect individuals who are using health and social care services.


Knowledge and skills are assessed with end of topic tests for the exam unit and a mock that will take place at points throughout the Autumn and Spring term. Analysis of the mock is carried out to whether there are any weaknesses in Knowledge and Understanding or Application

Coursework unit is assessed with a witness statement for practical application, it will all be internally assessed and external moderated.

Year 12

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

In Year 12 students complete the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate (Unit 1, 2 &3) in Health and Social Care. This requires the students to take two external exams and complete one piece of coursework. This is then equivalent UCAS points to half an A Level (the old AS Level)

  • Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security will be taught from September to January when the students take the exam. This unit will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip the students in maintaining a safe working environment for themselves, their colleagues and individuals who require care and support. Alongside Legislation, policies and procedures and how to respond to incidents and emergencies within health and social care settings.
  • Unit 1 & 2 will be taught alongside each other. Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Right in Health and Social Care. The unit will enable students to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care and support. They will develop the judgement and decision making skills to choose appropriate responses to care situations and determine a course of action. Unit 1 Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care. In this unit students are introduced to many different relationships that they will encounter in settings. They will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way, considering how different factors, including context, can impact on the building of positive relationships.


  • Unit 2 & 3 will be externally assessed in January and May. Unit 1 coursework will be internally assessed and externally moderated, this will take place towards the end of the summer in Year 12

Year 13

In Year 13 students will complete the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended certificate. This is equivalent to an A-Level and carries the same amount of UCAS points.

  • Unit 4 (Anatomy and Physiology). This unit aims to introduce the students to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. Understanding will need to be shown regarding organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. Investigation skills will be used to detect changes in the nervous system, eyes and ears.
  • Unit 13 (Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages). On successful completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the importance of sexual health and contraception. They will understand pre-natal health and various stages of pregnancy and the factors that could have an impact.
  • Unit 24 (Public Health). Through this unit, students will develop an understanding of the ways public health and wellbeing is promoted in order to benefit society as a whole and to reduce health inequalities. The students will also gain an understanding of current public health strategies and initiatives and consider the effectiveness and the implications of health policy for the wider population.


  • Unit 4 is an external exam that will be taken in January of Year 13, with a chance to re take in the summer. From January to June Unit 13 and Unit 24 will be completed, internally assessed and externally moderated at the end of June.