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The GCSE specification in health and social care enable learners to:

  • understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors through investigation of a range of services and organisations
  • develop an analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social care and early years sectors
  • examine issues that affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues

This is an ideal qualification for those candidates who want a broad background in health and social care. It provides a suitable basis for further study in this subject or for related courses, which could include GCEs, NVQs or Modern Apprenticeships. Examples of appropriate employment progression include: Nursery Nurse, Care Assistant, Childminder, Pre-school/Nursery School Assistant. The GCSE could contribute towards the entry requirements for training for nursing and professions such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and pharmacy, for example. It could also contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for teaching and working with people with disabilities. The philosophy of the GCSE Health & Social Care is that, in order to understand the nature of health and social care, candidates must actively experience the health, social care and early year’s occupations. This can be achieved through a variety of approaches including links with local health, social care and early year’s employers, inviting occupational specialists into the school, case studies and research.

Course Information:

The GCSE is made up two mandatory units, one of which is externally assessed and one that is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit A911: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision
  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • The ways people can obtain services and the possible barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services
  • The types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are organised
  • The principles of care that underpin all care work
  • The main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years services
Controlled assessment

Up to 18 hours’ research and up to 26 hours’ writing up

60 marks

Unit A912: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships
  • The stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • The different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • The development of self-concept and different types of relationships
  • Major life changes and sources of support
Written examination

1 hour

60 marks


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