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Year 6 Transition

Health and Social Care

Head of Faculty - Mrs Sarah Eden

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” – J.F. Kennedy.  Studying Health and Social Care will open up a world of experiences for students.  Health and Social Care underpins society, so regardless of whether students pursue a career in Health and Social Care or not, they will learn valuable life skills of compassion, caring, integrity, attentiveness and service.  As St Mother Teresa of Calcutta said ““Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” and studying Health and Social Care will enable our students to understand the needs of others in society and this in turn will support their transition into adulthood.Health and Social Care equips students to discover the impact of positive and negative human development and to critically analyse how these factors affect our day-to-day lives. Health and Social Sare will enable students to explore areas that influence how we develop throughout life stages and in turn raise expectations of how we can live successful healthy lives now and in our future. Health and Social Care enables students to learn about different health conditions which can affect individuals. Students will then be encouraged to develop plans to improve health and well-being along with overcoming any barriers. Understanding of the different values of care within health and social care are developed to ensure students learn how to work within any health or social environment, with an understanding of why each one is important. Students will be encouraged to do further research into the different settings and roles within those settings relating them to various health conditions. Health and Social Care promotes opportunities for students to draw from case studies and to undertake research to complement learning, which develops skills that will be used throughout their lives. These skills encourage students to think outside typical teenage egocentrism and begin to challenge the way they perceive the world we live in. Furthermore, highlighting how human relationships, the physical environment and socio-economic status may influence how they develop.

Health and Social Care


Ks4 Overview 

Year 9-11 - OCR Cambridge National Health & Social Care

This course is a Level 2 Technical Award equivalent to 1 GCSE The course is a vocational course and will cover some of the knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the Health and Social Care Sector for example care worker, nurse, social worker, teacher, healthcare assistant, teaching assistant, youth support worker, nursery nurse.  The course will be delivered in the context of real jobs and careers and will support skills needed in the workplace.   You will need to care about health, wellbeing and rights and have lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to work independently and meet the deadlines set.

Three units are completed over 3 years: 

Units RO33 & RO35 are internally assessed and worth 30% each of the overall qualification.   Unit RO32 is externally assessed and is worth 40%. All units must be achieved to achieve the overall qualification. 

In Year 9 students will have the opportunity to enter the “Step into the NHS” competition and engage with the Alzheimer’s Society  “Dementia Friends” scheme.

Year 9, 10 & 11

RO32: Principles of care in health and social care settings. This unit is assessed by examination in year 11. In this unit students learn about key topics that are important when caring for and protecting people in health and social care. Topics include: the rights of service users in health and social care settings, person-centred values, effective communication in health and social care settings, protecting service users and service providers in health and social care settings.

Year 10

RO33: Supporting individuals through life events. This unit is assessed in Year 10 by a set assignment which is released annually and valid for one year. In this unit students learn about growth and development through the life stages. They 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 life stages, impacts of life events, sources of support.

RO34: Creative & Therapeutic Activities.  This unit is assessed by a set assignment in Year 10 which is released annually and valid for one year. In this unit students will learn about the benefits of creative activities. They will also plan and deliver their own therapeutic activity. Topics include benefits and the impact on an individual, factors influencing choice of activities, planning and creating a therapeutic activity, delivering and evaluating their activity.By the end of the vocational course you will have developed many useful work related skills. If you wanted to continue with your studies you could continue in our Sixth Form to complete the Level 3 OCR course in Health and Social Care. The course will help prepare you for employment in the Health and Social Care industry where you could also work towards achieving a Workbased qualification QCF at the same time or start an Apprenticeship.

Assessment and Examination



Type of Assessment



Principles of care in health & social care settings




Supporting individuals through life events

Centre Assessed Task



Creative & Therapeutic Activities

Centre Assessed Task



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KS5 Overview

KS5 Health & Social Care at STACS offers students the unique opportunity to study 1, 2 or 3 A level options, which means that students can solely study Health & Social Care in Sixth Form.  The course is made up of exam and coursework units throughout years 12 and 13.  Progression from the course tends to be to university or employment, we have a large number of ex STACs students studying Nursing, Social Work, Midwifery, Teaching and Psychology. 

Units include the following:

Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care – Coursework unit

This includes

  • Relationships in the sector
  • Factors that influence the building of relationships
  • The role of person-centred planning in relationships in the setting
  • Using Communication skills effectively

Unit 2 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care – Exam Unit

This includes

  • Concepts of Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Impact of discriminatory practices on individuals in the setting
  • Current legislation and National Initiatives
  • How Equality, Diversity and Rights are promoted in the setting

Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care – Exam Unit

This includes

  • Potential Hazards in the setting
  • Legislation & Policy
  • Roles and responsibilities involved in Health, Safety and Security.
  • Know how to respond to incidents and emergencies in the setting.

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care – Exam Unit

This includes understanding the malfunctions in the following body systems:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Digestive
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Sensory

Unit 16 – Supporting People with Dementia – Coursework unit

This includes

  • Types of Dementia
  • Legislation
  • Supporting people who have dementia

Unit 24 – Public Health – Coursework unit which focuses on

This includes

  • Public Health Systems
  • Public Health Strategies


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Suggested Reading Books :
Jen Pedro Roy, Good Enough
Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing
John Holt, How Children Learn
John Holt, How Children fail
Oliver Sacks, The Man who mistook his wife for a Hat
Tessa Livingstone, Child of our Time


Useful Films

  • Wonder - (PG) Inspiring story of a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Coping with being different. Coping with life/life events
  • Short Stay in Switzerland – True story made into a BBC documentary about assisted suicide
  • Hidden figures – (PG) Anti discrimination. Care values
  • Still Alice – (12A) Story of a woman living with Alzheimer's disease. Illness/Disorders
  • My sister’s keeper – (12A) "The only way to save your daughter is to sacrifice her sister". Anna has never been given a choice: she was born to be her sister Kate's bone marrow donor and she has always given Kate everything she needs. Relationships/family
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – (12A) Freddy Mercury defies stereotypes and convention to become one of history's most beloved entertainers. Lifestyle factors/social & cultural stereotypes
  • Me before You – (12A)  A young and quirky woman becomes a caregiver for a wealthy young banker left paralysed from an accident two years earlier. Life events/formal & informal care/disability
  • The Children Act – (12A) Adam Henry has leukaemia. His doctors want to perform a blood transfusion but his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and believe that having a blood transfusion is against biblical principles. Illness/ethics/relationships