Key Stage 4:  Health and Social Care

We offer Pearson’s Vocational technical award level 1/2.

Curriculum Intent

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The pupils will learn how to interpret data to assess an individual’s health and how to design a plan to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.  During the course the learners will study the care values that are vitally important in this sector and will have the opportunity to practise applying them. The students will understand human growth and development, the role of the health and social care services and the factors that affect people’s health and wellbeing.

Curriculum Overview

Learners are required to complete and achieve all three components in the qualification.

1 Human Lifespan Development

2 Health and Social Care Services and Values

3 Health and Wellbeing

The three components focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and, therefore, learners need to achieve all components in order to achieve the qualification. The components are interrelated. Learners will be given the opportunity to build their confidence in understanding the sector, vocational contexts and vocational attributes before they are assessed.


Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.

There is one external assessment which is Component 3. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation.

Extra-curricular activities

The department runs a number of educational trips that allow students to experience real life situations in care homes.