Health and Social Care (HSC)


Mr M Harding (Head of Department)
Mrs L Stewart
Miss J Johnston
Mrs N Ashfield (Technician)

Subject Overview

If you are thinking of a career in health, social care, early years or community justice this is an option that will help build relevant knowledge as well as practical understanding and experience.

You need an interest in people and the desire to make a difference as well as self-motivation to work consistently and meet deadlines.

Key Stage 5

Unit 1        Portfolio
Effective Caring & Communication

This unit explores how carers provide a good quality of life for babies, young children, special needs, and elderly people.  You will evaluate the services available for these people and research skills needed to treat people well.

You will learn about communication skills used in a variety of health and social care settings with a wide range of people with varying needs.

The unit should improve your competence and confidence in written, oral and non-verbal communication skills.

Unit 2        Examination – 1 hour 30 minutes
Understanding health conditions and patient care pathways.

This unit aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of health conditions, and the appropriate patient care pathways which are commonly followed based on a patient-centred approach to care.

Year 14

Unit 1        Portfolio
Practitioner Roles

This unit aims to increase your understanding of the world of work in health, social care, community justice and the children and young people’s workforce. It also helps you to reflect on your own suitability for different job roles.

Unit 2        Exam – 2 hours
Food and Fitness

This unit aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of food components and balanced diets required to meet the dietary and nutritional needs of different client groups.

You will explore a range of different aspects of exercise which help maintain the fitness, health and well-being of individuals.

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 5 Specification

Career Opportunities

Health Care:

  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Paediatric Care
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech & Language therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist

Social Care:

  • Social Worker
  • Art therapist
  • Family Support worker
  • Residential Care
  • Disability Support
  • Youth Offenders Support
  • Adoption and fostering officer

Early Years:

  • Nursery teacher
  • Nursery supervisor
  • Childminding
  • KS1 teacher
  • Classroom assistant
  • Special Needs Teacher

Community Justice

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer/YOT
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