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Health & Social Care

Health and Social care is taught by one truly  dedicated teacher and is passionate not only her subject but all students at Hagley:

  • Mrs Palmer – Teacher in Charge of Health and Social Care. Teacher of Health and Social Care across all Key Stages and teacher of Food at Key Stage 3 & 4 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Health and Social Care is a subject that I am extremely passionate about and show this through my commitment to not only delivering engaging, fun and relevant lessons but also my commitment to every student that comes through my door. The practical element (First Aid, Nutrition and Communication) makes the course accessible for all of my students whatever their ability. Alongside practical skills students are expected to demonstrate in depth, research, analytical and evaluative skills that are invaluable, not only for academic success but also useful beyond the classroom.  Students are introduced to these skills when they start studying Health and Social Care in Year 9 through to GCSE and A Level.

Year 9

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

  • In Year 9 the students are introduced to the subject. This is completely new to them but is easily relatable to everyday life, which then encourages lots of discussion. Early skills include an ability to recognise Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social developments and put these into a time line with appropriate age ranges. Rights within Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. Care Values and the effect of these not being applied. Research and evaluative skills are also used as a basic foundation in Year 9
  • Year 9 is used as the foundation for pupils to gain the basic skills moving forward into GCSE.


  • Year 9 will work on a 15 lesson rotation. Assessments will take place throughout the rotation with low stake and summative testing. An average will be given to each student at the end of the rotation.

Year 10

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

Health and Social Care is an option that students chose to study in Year 10 and Year 11. The exam board used is OCR and the overall qualification is a Cambridge National Certificate. The certificate that they study is equivalent to 1 GCSE and has 4 separate components to it. 3 pieces of coursework and 1 external exam. Every student will complete two pieces of coursework in Year 10. First Aid and Communication

  • On completion of the First Aid Unit students will be able to show knowledge of how to assess the scene of an accident in health, social care and early year’s settings for risks and continuing dangers. Students will know what information is needed when contacting emergency services and they will have the skills and knowledge to be able to perform a variety of basic first aid procedures.
  • On completion of the communication unit students will be able to appreciate how the way they communicate and the personal qualities that they utilise will have an impact on the care given to people. They will be able to demonstrate that they have those effective communication skills that are needed to work in the Health and Social Care sector. Students will also be able to plan effectively for interactions in a health, social care or early years setting.


  • Knowledge and skills are assessed for both, with the practical element being assessed through a witness statement and both units will be internally assessed and externally moderated at points throughout the year.

Year 11

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

In Year 11 the students continue working towards the overall qualification but will complete 1 exam and then one final piece of coursework. The exam will be taken in the January of Year 11 meaning that the students have a chance to re take if needed. After January they will complete the last piece of coursework on Nutrition.

  • On completion of the exam unit the students will have gained an understanding of how to provide quality care for individuals alongside how regulatory frameworks aim to protect individuals and care workers in settings. This unit will also prepare students for the work place, enabling them to gain an understanding of how the values of care should be applied and how maintaining the rights of individuals will enable them to feel valued.
  • The nutrition unit is the final piece of coursework and gives students an overview of the importance of diet throughout the life stages. Giving them the knowledge and skills to enable them to make choices which will affect their body throughout their lives. Once completed students will have an understanding of the key nutrients required for good health from childhood to old age and be able to apply this knowledge in practical situations.


Knowledge and skills are assessed with end of topic tests for the exam unit and a mock that will take place in the autumn term.  Analysis of the mock is carried out to whether there are any weaknesses in Knowledge and Understanding or Application.

Coursework unit is assessed with a witness statement for practical application, it will all be internally assessed and external moderated.

Year 12

Knowledge and skills gained in each year:

In Year 12 students complete the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate (Unit 1, 2 &3) in Health and Social Care. This requires the students to take two external exams and complete one piece of coursework. This is then equivalent UCAS points to half an A Level (the old AS Level)

  • Unit 3 Health, Safety and Security will be taught from September to January when the students take the exam. This unit will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip the students in maintaining a safe working environment for themselves, their colleagues and individuals who require care and support. Alongside Legislation, policies and procedures and how to respond to incidents and emergencies within health and social care settings.
  • Unit 1 & 2 will be taught alongside each other. Unit 2 Equality, Diversity and Right in Health and Social Care. The unit will enable students to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care and support. They will develop the judgement and decision making skills to choose appropriate responses to care situations and determine a course of action. Unit 1 Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care. In this unit students are introduced to many different relationships that they will encounter in settings. They will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way, considering how different factors, including context, can impact on the building of positive relationships.


  • Unit 2 & 3 will be externally assessed in January and May. Unit 1 coursework will be internally assessed and externally moderated, this will take place towards the end of the summer in Year 12

Year 13

In Year 13 students will complete the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended certificate. This is equivalent to an A-Level and carries the same amount of UCAS points.

  • Unit 4 (Anatomy and Physiology). This unit aims to introduce the students to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. Understanding will need to be shown regarding organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. Investigation skills will be used to detect changes in the nervous system, eyes and ears.
  • Unit 13 (Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages). On successful completion of this unit, students will have a sound understanding of the importance of sexual health and contraception. They will understand pre-natal health and various stages of pregnancy and the factors that could have an impact.
  • Unit 24 (Public Health). Through this unit, students will develop an understanding of the ways public health and wellbeing is promoted in order to benefit society as a whole and to reduce health inequalities. The students will also gain an understanding of current public health strategies and initiatives and consider the effectiveness and the implications of health policy for the wider population.


  • Unit 4 is an external exam that will be taken in January of Year 13, with a chance to re take in the summer. From January to June Unit 13 and Unit 24 will be completed, internally assessed and externally moderated at the end of June.