Health and Social Care

Curriculum Area: Health and Social Care

Subject Leader: Mrs Wood

Approximately three million people work in health and social care in the UK.1 to 10 people, in the UK. The demand for health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing and increasing population. As a result, there will be an significantly increasing demand to fill these vital jobs in health and social care settings. The intention of NCFE Level 1 in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children) is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to understand the wide range of vocational opportunities and entry routes in Health and Social Care.


Through studying NCFE Level 1 award in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children), pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  1. How people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect development, such as diet, relationships, poverty or wealth. 
  2. The different range of communication skills that are essential in a health and social care setting.
  3. The range of local Health and Social Care Services, and how they may meet individual needs, as well as barriers that may make it harder to use these services.  

Pupils will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values, such as dignity and respect for others, to real life scenarios. Pupils will understand how to analyse and interpret lifestyle and physiological data. They will also develop skills that are essential for careers in both HSC and the wider employment market generally. These include verbal and written communication, team working, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, as well as accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.


Pupils enrolled in the NCFE Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care (Adults and Children) engage in a variety of different methods such as:

  1. Individual and group presentations.
  2. An emphasis on real world experiences, through the use of realistic case studies, and increasing the level of contact with HSC workers and services.
  3. Independent work whereby the teacher provides individual feedback to facilitate progress.


The impact of the Health and Social Care curriculum is for students to develop as well-rounded learners. Students will have a thorough understanding of what it is to work within the Health and Social sector and develop key skills such as confidence, communication, empathy and debating; preparing them for life post 16.

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