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Curriculum Intent

The intent of the Health and Social Care (HSC) curriculum is to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to develop their employability skills in, and understanding of, the HSC industry. HSC learners are able to use skills and knowledge that have been learned in core subjects and apply them to everyday and work contexts. The curriculum is designed to focus on developing sector specific knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. It complements the core subjects along with the wider school curriculum for personal development. It covers skills and processes such as the interpreting of data to assess an individual’s health and designing a plan to improve their health and wellbeing. Our learners are constantly challenged to work collaboratively and think independently when engaging in lessons and class debates, allowing them to be active contributors, which will also foster a love for learning.

Cross Curriculum and Skills

HSC embodies a learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. In addition to skills such as interpreting data, problem solving, research and communication, learners will develop their interpersonal and organisational skills. HSC is a unique subject with cross-curricular links with nearly every subject taught in schools, which enables many of the skills developed to be transferable. Learners studying Health and Social Care gain an understanding of a range of fundamental concepts such as:

  • Human lifespan development and factors that affect this, which explores concepts taught in psychology
  • Health and social care services and values and health and wellbeing, which has close links with concepts explored in both Business and PHSE
  • Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care (links with PE, Applied Math, Biology and Physics)
  • Meeting individual care and support needs which develops concepts explored in RS and Citizenship
  • Principles of safe practice in health and social care (PHSE)
  • Enquiries into current research in health and social care (links to methods of research in Business and Sociology)
  • Promoting public health;  work experience in Health and Social Care 

Curriculum Details

Curriculum and Assessment Map Years 7-11

Health and Social Care Learning Journey

Health and Social Care Curriculum Summary

Revision Resources and Curriculum Journey

Key Stage 4

BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care Student Book ISBN 9781292200927 

Revise BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care Practice Assessments Plus ISBN 9781292306995 

Revise BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care Revision Guide ISBN 9781292245614

Key Stage 5

BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 1. (2016)  Publisher: Pearson ISBN 9781292126012 

BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care Student Book 2 (2016) Publisher: Pearson ISBN 9781292126029 

BTEC H&SC Revision Guide ISBN 9781292150321 

BTEC H&SC Revision Workbook ISBN 978129215031

Useful Websites:

The BBC

The NHS

The Telegraph

The Guardian

British Council of Disabled People

Department of Health

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

Sector Skills Council for Care and Development

Sector Skills Council for the UK Health Sector

Pearson courses in Health and Social Care courses

Homework and Home Learning

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners.  We use an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework.  Show My Homework will allow parents to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status.

 KS4 - 

  • Discussing the growth and development of a chosen celebrity and factors which have affected this 
  • Interviewing individuals who have suffered from the same life event 
  • Devise a role play that demonstrates the care values in a Health and Social Care setting 
  • Design a health and wellbeing improvement plan which considers the wishes, needs and wants of a case study

KS5 - 

  • Complete Honey and Mumford’s learning style questionnaire in order to identify skills and attributes you could potentially develop on work experience 
  • Discuss how psychological perspectives can help to understand the behaviours of individuals 
  • Research the roles and responsibilities of a number Health and Social Care professionals; which of the responsibilities are specific to the role? 
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of abuse and justify how measures help to prevent the risk of abuse

Knights Shield

 The Knights Shield is a scheme which values and recognises all of the extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that Knights Academy pupils participate in.

In Health and Social Care we are pleased to offer pupils opportunities to fulfil the Knights Shield throughout our curriculum. Some examples are listed below: 

Curriculum – Principal Awards are used to acknowledge students' efforts and achievements in year group assemblies 

Creativity – Health and Social Care events that students have attended are often published in the school external publications 

Community – Work experience and volunteering opportunities within the local community. 

Competencies – Students have the opportunity to apply theory into practice through a number of work experience opportunities and events related to the industry. When students are inducted onto the course they are asked to complete an NHS career mapping quiz to develop their understanding of the job opportunities within the HSC provision.  

Cultural – Educational Trips: Students are provided with opportunities to visit a number of health and social care settings as well as meet and network with professionals within the industry. Students are also encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs as many are surprised to discover how present the health and social care provision is in our daily lives. Cultural education in HSC involves learners studying patients’ needs across different cultures. Learners develop their understanding of, and respect for, the different needs people have and the affect it may have on their health and well-being.

Why Study Health & Social Care at GCSE and A' Level?

The Health and Social Care industry is one of the best industries to gain job satisfaction and there are many opportunities for career progression. Most careers outside of the HSC industry will not give you the same sense of satisfaction that you can gain from helping those in need of important care. By working in health care, you help others improve their physical health and by working in social care you help improve the sociological wellbeing of those in your community. According to an article published in 2015 on GOV.UK, nearly two million more workers will need to be trained in the health and social care fields by the year 2022. Health and social care jobs are jobs that can last a lifetime. There are such wide and diverse fields to get involved in, and the opportunities for advancement are abundant without the need to switch focuses entirely. The HSC courses offered at Key Stage 4 and 5 provide opportunities to learn and develop outside of the classroom through trips, workshops and visits from guest speakers within the industry. The course also suit learners who would like to continue onto university or an apprenticeship 

 Careers and Opportunities

Below are some examples of careers that Health and Social Care can help you enter:  
  • Nursing 
  • Paramedic 
  • Psychology 
  • Therapy 
  • Counselling 
  • Midwifery 
  • Social Work 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Speech and Language Therapy 
  • Clinical or Biomedical Research 
  • Veterinary 
  • Education 
  • Youth Work 
  • Public Health