Health and Social Care

Acting Head of Faculty: Ms C. Stanton
Director of Applied Learning: Ms B. Richards

Aims of the Health and Social Care Department

To develop a knowledge and understanding of the wide range of issues within HSC.
To show empathy for differing client groups.
To be confident and competent when engaging with HSC professionals.
To develop  a range of varied and essential skills relevant to employment and higher education.


The department is well resourced in terms of rooms and ICT facilities.  Staff are well qualified and experienced. 

Key Stage 5

The department offers courses at three levels:
Level 1 - OCR National First Award – four assignment units.
Level 2 – OCR National Certificate – six assignment units.
Level 3 – AQA Applied A level in Health and Social Care – Double Award 12 units. Five are assessed by exam and seven by assignment.

Special Features

The OCR Nationals are all course work based whereas the applied A level is a mix of coursework and exams.

All students are offered a one week work placement in an area of HSC. 

Students have the opportunity to visit a local day care centre as part of their course.  A HSC conference with practitioners from the Health service is also arranged.  We have links with Bart and the Royal London Hospital for student nurses to come and give talks.

Current developments include preparation for the launch of the Diploma in Society, Health and Development from September 2009.

The structure of the department allows for progression through the different levels.  Many students then go on to university to study a HSC based degree such as nursing

Read about the SHAD diploma here.