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Health and Social Care

Mathematics - Year 7

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Health and Social Care is offered to students in Years 10 and 11, as part of the guided options process.

Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Health and Social Care for students who have chosen this subject, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Draper if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?


How are groups organised?

Mixed ability

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The Cambridge National in Health and Social Care is the same size as a GCSE. It is designed to equip anyone who has an interest in Health, Social Care or Early Years, with the essential knowledge and transferable skills to enable them to make valid personal choices about further education, training or employment in this field. Related employment might include Nursing; Nursery Nursing; Midwifery; Occupational and Physiotherapy; Pharmacy, Social Work, or Teaching, for example.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Core Values of Care
  • Rights of individuals and legislation to protect individuals
  • Human Growth and Development
  • How people deal with major life events
  • Different health and social care services
  • Key milestones of child development between 0-5 years

What will students learn at this level?


Unit RO21: Essential values of care with individuals in care settings

  • Learning Objective 1 understand how to support individuals to maintain their rights
  • Learning Objective 2 understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied
  • Learning Objective 3 understand how legislation impacts on care settings
  • Learning Objective 4 understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals

Unit RO22: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care ad early years settings 

  • Learning Objective 1 Understand how to communicate effectively
  • Learning Objective 2 Understand the personal qualities that contribute to effective care
  • Learning Objective 3 Be able to communicate effectively within a health, social care and early years setting

Unit R023: Understanding body systems and disorders

  • Learning Outcome 1: Know how body systems work
  • Learning Outcome 2: Understand disorders that affect body systems
  • Learning Outcome 3: Be able to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates with reference to the functioning of healthy body systems

Unit RO25: Understanding life stages

  • Learning Objective 1: Understand the stages of development from young people to adulthood
  • Learning Objective 2: Understand the ageing process in older adulthood
  • Learning Objective 3: Know which medical conditions may affect progress through the life stage
  • Learning Objective 4: Be able to create support plans

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Communicate effectively
  • Collecting and interpreting data
  • Work as part of a team
  • Relate knowledge gained to situations in health and social care

How will students learn at this level?

Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are closely linked to real life situations. You will get the opportunity to learn about Health and Social Care and Early Years and the good practice in national and local settings.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

The course is assessed through a mix of internally assessed assignments (worth 75% of the final grade) and an externally assessed written examination (worth 25% of the final grade).

The grades that can be awarded are:
Level 2 Distinction*

Level 2 Distinction

Level 2 Merit
Level 2 Pass
Level 1 Distinction

Level 1 Merit
Level 1 Pass

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How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?