Health and Social Care

At Trentham Academy we aim to give students the opportunities to develop their knowledge and skillset which can then be applied to their further education and career choices.

What is Health and Social Care?

Health care will incorporate human health and disease and understanding the genetics and risk factors that individuals face; this has a strong link to your GCSE Biology. Health Care course content will include considerations of the different job roles related to patient care. The Social Care aspect of the course will include the activities, services and relationships that help and support people to be independent, active and healthy, from a physiological and mental health point of view.

Is Health and Social Care right for you?

This course is right for you if you want to develop your knowledge about health, social care and the early years. You would apply your learning to the everchanging world we live in and develop an understanding about the career options available to you.

What does the course involve?

We follow the OCR Cambridge National Level1/2 course. Year 9 will give a broad introduction into all of the topics covered over Components 1,2 and 3, which will prepare you for the assignments you have to complete in year 10 and your final exam in year 11.

Some of the topics you will cover include:

  • Physical and emotional development across early years right through to later years in life 
  • The impact of social, cultural and economic factors
  • How to deal with expected and unexpected life events
  • Types of formal and informal support
  • What health and wellbeing means 
  • The barriers to good health and wellbeing 
  • Health campaigns  

There are two assignments to complete in year 10, one will help you to understand how people grow and develop across different life stages and how personal relationships and other factors can have a positive or negative impact on individuals. The other is to design and deliver a health campaign, which will result in a self-reflection and evaluation. 

Your exam at the end of year 11 will include the following topics:

  • The rights of service users in health and social care settings
  • Person-centered values 
  • Effective communication in health and social care settings 
  • Protecting service users and service providers in health and social care settings 

After successfully completing this course, you can continue your studies at 6th Form College on the National Level 3 Course, Extended Diploma. You could also look to undertake an apprenticeship or employment in a specialised area within the Health, Social care and Early Years field.  

Jobs that this qualification can help with include:

  • Adult care worker
  • Occupational therapist 
  • Children’s nurse 
  • Children’s social worker 
  • Victim support worker 
  • Counsellor
  • Probation officer
  • Dietician
  • Speech therapist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Midwife/nurse
  • Youth offending team member

Health & Social care specification

Health & Social Care Department

Mrs A Cooper – Subject Leader

Miss N Coburn – Subject Teacher

The Academy believes in developing the person as a whole so they can accomplish educational excellence."