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Health & Social Care

Healthand social care website banner v2GBHS Students Study Health and Social Care to… 

  • Develop a physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual understanding of the needs of individuals. 

  • Learn and develop the skills to apply to real life situations. 

  • Gain a greater insight into the workforce developing transferrable skills which are highly sought after by the NHS and social care sector. 

  • Develop independent thought and time management skills to apply their subject knowledge. 

  • Engage in making a positive contribution to their school and local community through charity work and volunteering. 

Transferable Skills

  • Time management 

  • Work ethic 

  • Empathy 

  • Emotional intelligence 

  • Meeting deadlines 

  • Organisation  

  • Written communication 

Key Stage 5

Health and social care relates to services that are available from health and social care providers, such as hospitals, social services and early years settings. Health and Social Care (H&SC) combines elements of sociology, psychology, biology, politics, nutrition, law, and ethics, so there are a lot of different elements to keep students interested. It is a subject that allows students to develop their employability skills, as well as learn about the fascinating world of health and social care. Students of Health and Social Care will participate in work placements alongside their academic studies. 

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 

This is a three A Level equivalent course and makes up a full time programme of study. 

There are 13 units, of which 8 are mandatory, and there are 4 units which will assessed externally by the exam board. Assessment is a combination of examinations and coursework, including assessed work experience. 

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

In Health and Social Care students develop spiritually through their learning of how communities and societies function. We consider the different needs of individuals with different faiths and beliefs and how individuals should be treated equally. Students reflect on their own health and progress during their studies. We consider the impact that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has when trying to attain our goals and ambitions for the future.  

Students develop moral education as part of the course by understanding issues such as confidentiality and data protection for individual records. We consider the consequences of actions such as attachment in childhood and the health inequalities across the country. Students study ethics of individualised care and how care and support should be personalised for everybody. Students on the course recognise the importance of treating individuals holistically and that the purpose of most care is to empower people to make their own choices about the treatment and support they receive.  

Health and social care students develop a range of social skills on the course during their classroom discussion and group work activities and out in the field during work experience and trips. They study the importance of building trust and professional relationships in the sector to ensure everybody receives the best possible care. The health and social care course allow students to consider a range of real world case studies and recognise the importance of understanding individual beliefs and customs and how that informs the care that professionals provide. Students research how health issues differ across the world and learn about the structures of care and health provision in the UK, mindful of how this compares internationally.  

Beyond the Classroom

Students studying health and social care take part in a range of exciting trips and experiences to develop their own skills and apply their learning from the classroom. Students volunteering for local organisations and raise money for charity, including their ‘Charity of the Year’. As part of the course students also complete a first aid qualifications and complete 100 hours of work experience opportunities. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to meet real life professionals working within the health and social care sector and opportunities to develop further sector skills such as Makaton and BSL.