This qualification presents students with a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course to study and allows for an insight into Health and Social Care disciplines. It prepares students for making informed decisions about future learning opportunities and career choices.
The table below summarises the new structure of this GCSE course introduced by CCEA in September 2017:
|Working in Health and Social Care||Internal assessment (compulsory)
Format: Three controlled assessment tasks.
|External assessment (compulsory)
Format: 1 hour 30 minutes examination.
Controlled Assessment is made up of three tasks:
Written Examination (Must be done in Year 11):
The exam will focus on:
Skills developed through the study of Health and Social Care
The GCSE course acts as an excellent foundation for AS and A2 health and social care which is offered at post 16 in our school. The AS/A2 course has an excellent uptake and opens up a wide variety of choices at university level.
Careers linked with Health and Social Care
Examples of appropriate employment to which a GCSE Health and Social Care student might progress include: Nursery Nurse, Care Assistant, Care Manager, Child minder, Pre – School/Nursery School Assistant, Health Education Officer, Dental Nurse and Dental Hygienist, Reflexologist or another complementary Medicine, Careers Advisor, Medical Technical Officer, Health and Safety Officer as well as a Career in the Ambulance Service. The GCSE could contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for training in Nursing and professions such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work, Midwifery, Health Visiting and Dietetics.
It can also contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for Teaching and working with people with disabilities.
A GCSE in Health and Social Care encourages learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. It prepares learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.