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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 Miss De Fraine 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 Nationals 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 development, including: 0-5 years (Early Childhood), Childhood (5-10years), Adolescence (11-18 years), Young Adulthood (19-45 years), Middle Adulthood (45-65 years) and Older Adulthood (65 years+)

What will students learn at this level?

R032: Principles of care in health and social care settings
In this unit you will learn about the key topics that are important when caring for and protecting people in health and social care.

Topics include:

  • Topic Area 1 The rights of service users in health and social care settings
  • Topic Area 2 Person-centred values
  • Topic Area 3 Effective communication in health and social care settings
  • Topic Area 4 Protecting service users and service providers in health and social care settings

R033: Supporting individuals through life events
In this unit you will learn about growth and development through the life stages. You will also learn how to understand the needs of individuals who have been affected by life events and how to recommend support to meet their needs.

Topics include:

  • Topic Area 1 Life stages
  • Topic Area 2 Impacts of life events
  • Topic Area 3 Sources of support

R035: Health promotion campaigns
In this unit you will research health promotion campaigns and learn about their benefits to society. You will also plan and deliver your own health promotion campaign.

Topics include:

  • Topic Area 1 Current public health issues and the impact on society
  • Topic Area 2 Factors influencing health
  • Topic Area 3 Plan and create a health promotion campaign
  • Topic Area 4 Deliver and evaluate a health promotion campaign

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 60% of the final grade) and an externally assessed written examination (worth 40% 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

When do key assessments take place?

Unit RO32 – Exam June of Year 11 (See exam timetable)

Unit RO33 – September – Easter Year 10

Unit R035 –  Summer Year 10 – March Year 11

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage you to meet deadlines for coursework, discuss coursework ideas with you, keep up to date with news stories relating to health and social care, help you revise for the examined unit.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

Health and Social Care links to prior learning in PSHE, core science and physical education

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?


What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Visits may be made arranged, based on annual requirements of the examination brief

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

Careers in Health and Social Care include but are not limited to: Careers in the NHS, Social Services, Therapy, Counselling and Education sectors.

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

Portfolios of detailed written work and research, understanding the key concepts of the subject. 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

Students work in varied circumstances; whole class, group, paired and individually. They gain core skills to take responsibility for their own learning and progression. This includes core literacy and high ICT skills.

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

Students are challenged to critically analyse critical incidences that may occur in a health or social care setting. They must develop empathy, compassion and care for others, demonstrating a thorough understanding of Protected Characteristics and the Law. This includes the Equality Act (2010), safeguarding procedures in HSC settings and a thorough understanding of British Values and diversity in our community. 

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

Students will leave the subject with a readiness and greater understanding of the community in which they live. They will understand what it means to be inclusive and diverse in the working world of Health and Social Care.