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Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4

Why study this subject?

This is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 and is a practical, work-related course. 

The skills learnt will enable you to move onto further education, training or employment in many health and social care related professions including childcare, social work, midwifery, working with individuals with disabilities and many more. It teaches a wide range of transferable skills such as research experience, debating and communication skills.


What will I learn?

You will explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually over time. Furthermore, you will learn which health and social care services are available and discover why people might need to them. Finally, you will complete a study on an individual and create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for that person.

Key Stage 5

Post-16 Progression BTEC National Diploma is a popular and challenging course. This supports applications to a number of degree options at University, including further study in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Education Studies and more.

Year 12:

Unit of Study


Human Lifespan Development

The unit focuses on how we develop through our life stages and the impact of a wide range of events on this development. In addition, a variety of theories are studied that link with A level Psychology and Sociology.

Meeting Individual Needs

The unit focuses on the care values and approaches that are needed to work with a variety of service users in health and social care settings.

Additional Support & Needs

 In this unit, you will explore the range of additional needs that are faced by individuals, considering the effects these needs have on their wellbeing, rights and access. Individuals with additional needs may need provision from a number of services, meaning that organisations work in partnership to assess needs and provide support.

Physiological Disorders

Students will study 2 types of physiological disorder and investigate the causes and implications of this. They will consider appropriate care pathways and evaluate the impact that the disorders have on service users. Research will also take place into new treatments and their impact on patient recovery and quality of life.


Students study the impact of nutrition on overall health and wellbeing, and the competencies of planning nutrition for service users with a variety of needs.


Year 13:

Unit of Study


Working in Health & Social Care

This unit requires students to study a wide range of career pathways within the health and social care sectors and examines the key roles and responsibilities they have in providing excellent care to service users. Students will study examples of good working practice and poor working practice and the implications these have had.

Enquiries into current research in Health & Social Care

This unit requires students to combine the research competencies, which they have developed throughout KS4 and 5, to analyse a piece of current literature on a topic linked to an aspect of health or social care. Students then have to investigate secondary research and complete an exam paper on the reliability and validity or the research and the future implications this could have for the relevant sector.

Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care

Students study the legislation, policies and procedures that are implemented in order to safeguard employers, employees and staff in health and social care settings

Promoting Public Health


The unit considers all aspects of public health and the history of the NHS. Students will study important health issues in current society such as poor lifestyle choices, mental health and developments in health protection and promotion. Students will carry out a wide range of statistical research to support their findings on the success of a variety of strategies that are implemented to improve public health.

The Health and Social Care Team

  • Ms Yovani Cunningham – Teacher of Health & Social Care

    Email: Yovani.cunningham@walthamstow-academy.org

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