What is the course about?

If you’re interested in working with people, or want to care for and help others this may be the course for you. GCSE Health and Social Care course gives you the background knowledge and skills needed by anyone considering working with people. It gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that enables you to work with diverse groups of vulnerable people including children, young adults, elderly people and those with learning difficulties, in a variety of settings.

Subject content:

You will be studying the Single Award, this will give you one GCSE. You will complete 2 units.
The course has the following two units:

Unit 1

This unit helps you understand how people grow and develop, as well as the personal relationships people have during their lives. You will look at how people progress from birth right through to later adulthood. This knowledge will help you to understand others and help you understand yourself.

Unit 2

This unit is based on an investigation into the needs of one person and how health, social care and early years organisations meet those needs. You will select the person you study and conduct all the research yourself.

How will I be assessed?

The course involves an examination unit (60%) and coursework (40%).

Unit 1 - Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

  • This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 15-minute written examination paper which has a total of 70 marks
  • The paper consists of 15 multiple-choice questions and a series of questions based on case studies and short scenarios

Unit 2 - Exploring Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

  • This unit is internally assessed through an Edexcel-set task to be completed under controlled conditions
  • It will be internally assessed and externally moderated and is marked out of 50

Exam Board - AQA

Studying Health & Social Care may lead to:

This course is ideal preparation for progression to more detailed study of health, social care and early years.

After this course you can continue your studies in one of the following ways:

  • An A Level course
  • A BTEC National qualification
  • A 14-19 Diploma in Society, Health and Development. Some students may complete the course and progress to working or training in a specialised area within the health, social care and early years field

Health sector careers include:

Care sector careers include:

Nurse (childrens, adult, mental health)
Occupational Therapist
Dental Hygienist
Health Visitor

Teaching Assistant
Care Assistant
Care Manager
Nursery Nurse
Social Worker
Youth Worker
Family Support Officer

Additional Information

During the course there will be visits from a number of outside agencies.

There may be opportunities to visit care settings to gain first hand experience of the Health and Social Care sectors.

Talking to people who use Health and Social Care services will help you focus on the needs of service users and the range of care provided.

Health and Social Care issues are often in the news, taking an interest in what's going on nationally and locally will help you to keep up to date with current topics.

If you are interested in studying the GCSE in Health and Social Care you should start to find out more about the subject by:

  • talking to the Head of Health and Social Care at Shireland Collegiate Academy, who will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you what you need to do next when it comes to your options
  • looking on the Edexcel website ( where there is a lot of useful information about what you will be studying and how you will be assessed