Health and Social Care

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Health and Social care professionals working with service users (e.g. nurses, social workers, etc.) must identify, observe, analyse, and interpret responses to evaluate and support the complex nature of human health, development, and behaviour. We learn to use these skills not only for the benefit of future service users but in order to increase our empathy and willingness to care for others.

Teachers appreciate that students will have experienced a variety of health and social care events, and these will impact their understanding of the care system. Therefore, a non-judgemental yet evidence-based style needs to be adopted.

Relevant values to be developed in students include: empathy, honesty, integrity, responsible stewardship, cooperation, clarity, discernment and logical reason, creativity, beauty, perseverance, respect for life, precision, judgement in interpretation, and accuracy in reporting.


2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Observe and investigate physical and emotional responses to changes in the body: recognise the structure of biological systems, research symptoms, treatments and care associated with specific conditions, investigate the complexity of providing care: balancing resources with benefits, and protecting vulnerable people balanced with providing choice and independence..

b. Understand the legislation and frameworks that underpin the care sector. Explaining the applications of the legislation to professional working practice. Recognise social and ethical implications in these areas.

c. Recognise the continuing development of strategies to improve care. Understanding how organisations such as NICE, WHO and the DoH work to promote and protect public health.

d. Link health and care with other curriculum areas in order to develop students’ appreciation of the unity of knowledge whilst also enriching their intellectual development and deeper understanding of the world around us and how it impacts health.


Curriculum Overview

Year 9
Year 10 to 11 – Health and Social Care
Sixth Form – Health and Social Care