Health and Social Care


"A lot of healing took place, this is the kind of afternoon that makes my job worthwhile"

- Key Care Worker -


Curriculum Vision

Our Health and Social Care BTEC curriculum gives all our students an understanding and insight into the world of health work, specifically the ways in which the health and social care sector is established, and how it benefits society. Our curriculum makes our students think independently and curiously about the way the health care services works how heath care professions work on a day-to-day basis, assessing wellbeing and individualised health are plans.  We provide our students with opportunities to analyse existing legislations, develop their analytical skills when it comes to health and apply their understanding to novel situations and case studies. 

The Health & social care department believes that every individual pupil can achieve personal excellence. The department aims to develop pupils understanding of people, mental health, discrimination, the scientific process of understanding human behaviour and the diverse societies in which they live in. The department also aims to develop students understanding of the influence of their setting and environment on human activity by studying a continuum of historical and contemporary perspectives and how society developed alongside these. The curriculum to equip our students with a firm understanding of how society is organised, how we interpret the word around us and our perception of other people with an understanding and awareness of how other cultures different from our own live and work together. Our department aims to equip our students with a deep understanding of empirical research, knowledge and understanding and to continually evaluate and question the evidence through self-reflection.  

University and Careers


Health and Social Care gives our students a strong foundation for further study of a range of academic subjects at degree level. The knowledge our students learn can be applied to all aspects of society as they provide a variety of academic skills especially thinking critically about the world. Students can progress and take a BSc in Social Sciences. It is an interdisciplinary degree that gives students the theoretical tools and knowledge to better understand the social-political world, why social inequality persists and how life experiences intersect with wider social structures, such as 'race', class and gender, including the understanding of issues such as around bereavement, depression and mental illness, what it means to have a positive mental health and the health care system that underpins our society. 


About 3 million people work in health or social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health care assistants. While social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrative roles. Together they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise so they will continue to play a key role in UK society, and the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will increase. Therefore, all students on this course are actively encouraged to choose a Health and Social Care related work experience or extracurricular placement where possible. Many of our students go into social work , community projects, charity work, welfare advisors and other areas of social services. The knowledge and skills that students will build on this subject course are highly valued in today's world of work and will build their capacity as a thinker, communicator and analyst. It will enable the student to become a competent, critical and responsible researcher of the social world with the ability to make informed choices about research methods and apply them competently.

Examples of apprenticeships that relate to Health and Social Care

Level 3 Dental Nurse  Typical length:18 months 

Level 2 or 3 Healthcare Support Worker  Typical length:18 months