Why study Health & Social Care?

This qualification will give you the opportunity to apply knowledge of health and social care through a practical approach. It will provide you with essential knowledge, transferrable skills and tools to improve your learning with the aim of enhancing your employability when you leave education, contributing to both your personal development and future economic well-being. The qualification design, including the range of units available, allows you the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest you, as well as providing a good opportunity to enhance your learning in a range of areas.

KS4

GCSE Course Structure

You will complete a range of different topics whilst completing the following units:

  • R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.
  • R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.

And then two from the following:

  • R023: Understanding body systems
  • R025: Understanding life stages
  • R026: Planning for employment in health, social care and children and young people’s workforce.
  • R027: Creative activities to support individuals in health social care and early years settings.
  • R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in early years settings.
  • R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health.
  • R031: Using basic first aid procedures.

How it is assessed:

Students will complete 2 compulsory units (R021 and RO22) and two additional units that are decided by the teacher. Each unit is worth 25% of the course.

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in health, social care or early years environment. All good practice is based on those values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment.

This is assessed by a one hour written examination paper.

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.

This mandatory unit will provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting. On completion of this unit you will be able to appreciate how the way you communicate and the personal qualities that you utilise when working with individuals in a health and social care or early years setting will have an impact on the care of those individuals. You will be able to demonstrate that you have those effective communication skills that are needed to work in a health, social care or early years setting. You will be able to plan effectively for interactions in a health, social care and early years setting.

RO22 and the two teacher-elected units are centre-assessed tasks that are moderated by the exam board.

Possible career pathways

Nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, carer, health administration, counsellor, social worker, teacher, nursery worker, health therapies, charity worker, youth worker and many more health and social care provisions.