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Strangford College, Newtownards

Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care 

The Health and Social Care sector are major employers in Northern Ireland. Within this subject students can develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to degrees relating to a range of areas including nursing, social work and early years. Across GSCE and A-level students will have the opportunity to study a range of topics including communication, health promotion, relationships, promoting quality care and the needs of a range of service users. 


Mrs Morrison  

Miss Purvis 

Mrs Roberts 

Ms Van Der Schyff 


GCSE Health and Social Care (CCEA) 

This course focuses on the knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to work in the Health and Social Care and Early Years sectors. Students will focus on human development through the main age stages, factors that impact development, major life changes and sources of support available to people.  Students also consider how health and social care services can meet a range of service users' needs as well as safeguarding issues when working in Health and Social Care. 







Unit 1: Personal Development, Health and Well-being 

Human development 

Factors affecting health and well-being 



Major life changes and sources of support. 

(1 hour 30-minute exam sat in May of Year 11. This contributes 50% of overall GCSE grade) 


Unit 2: Working in the Health, Social care and Early Years Sectors 

Service users’ needs health and social care services 

Early years services 

Job roles of health and social care and early years practitioners 

The values of care 


(In Year 12 Students will complete a controlled assessment task which is worth 50% of their overall GCSE grade. 



CCEA A Level Health and Social Care (Single Award) 


Students complete six units of work over two years which contributes to the final grade. Students will study 3 units at AS and a further 3 at A2. The course is assessed through a mixture of external exams and coursework. 




Topics studied 

Unit 1 Promoting Quality Care 


How the values of care are applied on a daily basis with service users. 

How legislation impacts on the quality of care  
Policies, and their effectiveness in promoting quality care  

Poor practice in a health, social care or early years setting  

Unit 2 Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings 

Communication skills in a health, social care or early years setting.  

Different types of communication used in a setting and their purpose.  
Factors that support effective communication with service users.  

Overcoming barriers to communication with service users  

Importance of communication when working in teams. 

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing (Exam) 

Concepts of health and well-being 

Impact of ill health on individuals.  
Needs of a range of service users. 

Factors may affect health and well-being. 

Health promotion approaches  

How individuals can take responsibility for their own health and well-being.  

Organisations that contribute to health and well-being 

The impact of discrimination on health and well-being  

How anti-discriminatory practice may be promoted in health, social care and early years settings. 





Topics studied 

Unit 2 Body Systems and Physiological Disorders 


The structure of the circulatory and respiratory systems. How the health of these systems can be maintained. 

How these systems are impacted by exercise. 

A physiological disorder and its diagnosis, treatment, limitations and care pathway. 

The effect a chosen physiological disorder has on individuals. 

Unit 3 Providing Services 


How services have developed, structured, regulated and funded. How policy and legislation influence the provision of care services. The needs of different service user groups and how these needs may be met by a range of services and practitioners. 

Unit 4 Health Promotion 

Public health priorities in Northern Ireland 

Public Health Agency Campaign 

Carrying out a public health campaign 



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