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Health & Socialcare

 Welcome to our department!

Teaching Styles

Students can expect a range of different learning experiences. Lessons will consist of practical work, research, presentations, group work and theoretical work.

The Department appreciates the different learning styles and vary their teaching to accommodate the range. Students access I.C.T. regularly for research purposes and coursework.


This is set in line with the school Homework Policy. Students are continuously working on course work and so homework is set to support this.

Work Experience

This plays a critical part in the AS and A2 students' understanding of the nature of Health, Social Care and Early Years. Key stage 5 students attend work experience weekly from October half term through the rest of the year. Students attend one week work experience in Key Stage 4.

The Department has useful links with a range of health, care and early years organisations in the Hitchin area.

 Key Stage 4 

Students can study a Double Award GCSE in Health and Social Care. Health and Social Care is not taught at Key Stage 3 but they can draw on their knowledge from PSHEC and Science lessons. Four Units are covered:

  • Unit 1 - Understanding Personal Development and Relationships
  • Unit 2 - Exploring Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision
  • Unit 3 - Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Unit 4 - Health, Social Care and Early Years in Practice

60% of the GCSE is coursework and 40% examinations.

If students want to ultimately work with people this is an appropriate course. The course gives the background knowledge and develops the skills needed to work with people.

Students will:

  • Learn through investigation
  • Develop knowledge and understanding about health, social care and early years
  • Complete practical work
  • Learn about and understand the world they live in
  • Be able to design a health plan
  • Research occupations they may want to work in.

Further details of the course content, method of study and assessment structure can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options booklet.


 Key Stage 5 

Students can study Double or Single Award A Level Health and Social Care.
It consists of 6 or 12 units of study. Two thirds of the course is assessed through course work and one third through external examinations.

  • The Units of study are:
  • Promoting quality care
  • Communication in care settings
  • Promoting good health
  • Health as a lifestyle choice
  • Working in early years care and education
  • Caring for older people
  • Care practice and provision
  • Understanding human behaviour
  • Child development
  • Mental health issues
  • Social trends
  • Research methods in health and social care

Students undertake a series of visits to a variety of care settings and meet professionals working in different Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors.

Full details of the courses offered by the Hitchin Schools Sixth Form Consortium are shown in the Consortium Prospectus. 

 Useful Links 

Exam information
  • GCSE Health and Social Care – Edexcel (Double Award) (2HS02)
  • OCR AS GCE in Health and Social Care (H103)
  • OCR AS GCE in Health and Social Care (Double Award) (H303)
  • OCR Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care (H503)
  • OCR Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care (H703)