GCSE Health and Social Care (WJEC)

Areas of study will include:

Students will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the main health, social care and children’s service provision available to meet individuals’ needs.
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the process of human growth and development and the different factors that can affect individuals.
  • understand how individuals can protect their well-being.
  • have knowledge and understanding that will help them look after their own health and well-being and understand ways of promoting health and well-being for others.

The course is designed to:

  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector.
  • Give learners a more focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units.
  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional generic units that are essential for successful performance in working life.
  • Give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1/2 health and social care qualification.
  • Support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

This may be done by using the following:

  • Case study materials set within Health and Social Care.
  • Visits by learners to local Health and Social Care settings.
  • Inviting relevant parents, service users or contacts to come to speak to the learners about either what it is like to work in the health and social care sector or their experiences of using Health and Social Care Services.
  • Asking a local employer to discuss particular case studies and real-life experiences, related to the units within the qualification.
  • Arranging role plays or simulated activities to illustrate examples of good and bad practice, such as the effective or ineffective application of communication skills within Health and Social Care scenarios.

Key Skills:

Key Skills that will be developed during the course will be:

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Working with Others
  • Improving Own Learning and Perform


The single award

The work consists of 2 Compulsory units:

  • Health, Social Care and Children’s Services assessed by a controlled assessment
  • Human Growth and Development assessed by an external exam

The double award

The work consists of 4 Compulsory units. These are the same as above and 2 others:

  • Maintaining Health and Well-being assessed by an external exam
  • Promoting Health and Well-being assessed by a controlled assessment

Personal Attributes required:

  • A high level of commitment.
  • You will need to be able to follow instructions and work as part of a team.
  • Work well on both written and practical tasks

Future Career Plans:

A career in health or social care sector, such as nursing, social worker and working with young children.

Homework Expectations:

There is an expectation that students will complete a range of written and research tasks throughout the course. Students will also be expected to evaluate practical sessions that take place during lessons.

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