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Health & Social Care

How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year, including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

Min 5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)
4.2 = GCSE Average

5 in Biology/Science

4 in Mathematics


A strong interest in  Human Anatomy and how the health care industry works.


Pairs well with Medical Science, Applied Science and Sociology.

Exam Board

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Course Overview

Health & Social Care will suit students who are interested in pursuing a career in Health, Social Care or Early Years sectors. The course investigates real life problems faced by businesses and explores possible solutions. Students will be encouraged to use their initiative in order to solve these problems.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in Health & Social Care and have experience these sectors.
  • Guest lecturers and Health & Social Care experts who in the past have included representatives from Coventry University Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, George Eliot Hospital and Nuneaton Leisure Trust Youth Inclusion Officer to name a few
  • Trips to various local hospitals for clinical skills workshops and careers fayres.
  • Voluntary work placements to enable you to experience various Health, Social Care or Early Years settings.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study:

  • Different types of communication and how they are used.
  • Building professional relationships and factors that impact on them.
  • Person-centred working.
  • Legislations that protect people who use services, employees and employers.
  • The care values.
  • Health, safety and security.
  • Hazards and risk assessment.
  • Safeguarding and organisational policies/procedures that promote safety.

In the second year you will study:

  • Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care.
  • Body systems, their structure, function and dysfunction.
  • Nutrition for health and the importance of a balanced diet.
  • Financial implications of the rising levels of obesity in the UK
  • How to support people to improve their health and well-being.
  • Sexual health and contraception.
  • Factors that impact on pre-natal health.
  • Health and development of a foetus and a babies in the first year of life.

What will I be taught?

This course is taught around a flipped learning approach, students make use of materials on the college Moodle site to research topics before they are delivered in class. This prior research is then assessed in class and activities follow which allow learners to explore the content in more detail and apply them to real Health, social care or early years situations. In addition, your teacher and personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:

  • One-to-one feedback on coursework tasks.
  • Essay based assessments
  • Study and completion of past papers
  • group work
  • student led sessions

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.

Former students of this college have gone on to study Adult or Child Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Paramedic, Primary School teacher, Physiotherapy and many more.

How will I be assessed?

Year 12 will consist of 2 exams and 1 coursework portfolio.

Year 13 will consist of 1 exam and 2 coursework portfolios.

Staff Contact Details

Christine Streather