Health and Social Care

Single award

GCSE Health and Social Care

Course Description

The course provides an introduction to the principles of care and an opportunity to investigate working within Health and Social Care settings. It includes a large proportion of theory, comprised of writing skills and research skills. Students will carry out independent, paired and group work. There is considerable opportunity for the development of communication skills through participation in role-play activities and group discussions. Furthermore, there is scope to gain an insight into job roles gained through career exploration. This will be linked to coursework which will require a conscientious, diligent and dedicated approach. Students will also sit one exam which will consist of multiple choice questions and extended writing. GCSE Health and Social Care will appeal to both male and female students who:

  • Have an interest in work-related qualifications;
  • Wish to progress to vocational courses such as Vocational AS and A2 levels;
  • Want variety in the way they work and in the way they are assessed at Key Stage 4.

The following personal qualities will support a candidate achieve successful outcomes:

  • Conscientious worker who can cope with the writing demand in this subject;
  • Lively and enquiring mind;
  • An interest in the subject;
  • Willingness to research;
  • Ability to communicate orally.


40% of the subject content will be assessed externally through a GCSE exam paper.

60% of the subject content for the award will be completed under controlled conditions, assessed internally by teachers and moderated by AQA. 

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

Written Paper – 1 hour 15 min – 70 marks – 40%

Stages of physical growth and intellectual/social/emotional development

External examination

Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

Controlled internal assessment – 20 hours – 80 marks – 60%

Needs of client groups, access and barriers to provision, work roles

Possible Careers

Students gaining a GCSE in Health and Social Care will have access to a range of career and education opportunities. They will use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting and interpreting data and communicating your findings in different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges. The GCSE in Health and Social Care is a good starting point for jobs in the care services such as nursing, social worker, care assistant and working with children. The options open to students studying this course depend on the results that are achieved, entry requirements and their own interests. If students wish to continue studying Health and Social Care in a vocational context, they may consider a Vocational AS level in Health and Social Care. They can then continue their studies in Higher Education on either a National Diploma or a Degree. There are a large variety of higher education courses that are based around Health and Social Care.

  • Care manager/assistant
  • Dental nurse/hygienist
  • Dietician
  • Health visitor
  • Midwife
  • Nanny
  • Nurse
  • Nursery nurse
  • Playgroup organiser/assistant
  • Radiographer
  • Social worker
  • Speech and language therapist

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