EDEXCEL GCSE Health & Social Care


Health & Social Care

This course will enable students to study a subject relevant to their own lives and experiences. Students will learn and use a variety of skills throughout the course, gaining confidence by developing independent learning and improving communication and research techniques.


Knowledge & Skills

The course involves studying different aspects of Health Care, Social Care and Early Years settings (children 0-5 years). These include:

  • The importance of improving health and well-being.
  • Influences that prevent health and fitness, e.g. misuse of drugs.
  • Different ways people grow and develop during their lives.
  • Personal relationships.
  • Career opportunities that exist by working in the above settings.

Students must have the ability and motivation to talk and work with a variety of people in different contexts, often in their places of work, e.g. nursery schools, hospitals, social services.


Courses & Qualifications

Coursework - 60%
Examination - 40%


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

GCSE in Health & Social Care provides a good base for careers in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work, nursery nursing and the many caring professions. Students will find it a good foundation for progression onto the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care & Education or the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care course.

The subject also supports GCSE Child Development and the two courses are a sound career combination. The skills that the students learn in this subject are in great demand and are recognised and highly-valued by employers and universities.

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