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Our vision for health and social care is to provide MCA students with the opportunities and knowledge that can see them progress into the health or social care sector in the future. About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, that is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people.  Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society.  The demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase, so if we provide the students with the exposure to and understanding of the vastly differing and exciting roles, it may ignite a passion and aspiration for jobs they may not have known existed.  Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS4 option curriculum, which gives students the ability to  progress to KS5 and beyond.  This could be through apprenticeships, level 3 qualifications or A-levels. This course will help students to develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation and research skills.




  • Students will experience the importance of care, wellbeing and individuality. 

  • Students will experience a curriculum with depth, real stories scenarios that develops a breath a knowledge. 

  • Students will be prepared for tomorrow by developing co-operation, empathy and communication skills.



Health and social care is a very popular choice within MCA. It captures the attention of those students that already have an interest in a career within health or social care, and also those students who have yet to figure out their career or post 16 pathway. We encourage all students who feel they want to help other people in some way in the future, be it as a carer, doctor, social worker, midwife or counsellor, to choose this course as it introduces them to a range of knowledge that will help them to fulfil their aspirations. Students may be given the opportunity to visit a variety of settings such as primary school and retirement homes. It is the intention to raise student aspirations and awareness of the skills, knowledge, understanding and career pathways in health and social care. 


There are three components within the course. Two components are internally assessed, with the third being an externally assessed exam.


Component 1: Human Lifestyle Development - Internally assessed (two assignments) 30%


How do people grow and develop through their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices and relationships affect this? Understanding these processes is essential knowledge and understanding for health and social care practitioners. In this component, you will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age, this includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, and the different factors that may affect them. 


An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving house, and students will learn about how people adapt to these changes, as well as the types and sources of support that can help them. Students will analyse the impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy. 


Component 2: Health and social care services and values - Internally assessed (Assignment and role play) 30%


Students will gain an understanding of the difference between health care and social care services. They will do this by investigating who may need to access one or both, how they might access the services and also the barriers that may prevent individuals from accessing the services. 


Providing good health and social care services is very important and a set of ‘care values’ exists to ensure that this happens. Care values are important because they enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm. This component will give students an understanding of health and social care services and will help you develop skills in applying care values that are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers).


Component 3: Health and wellbeing - Externally assessed (2 hour exam) 40%


In this component, students look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. They will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators, and what they mean for someone’s state of health. Students will learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short- and long-term targets. Additionally, they will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes. Overall, students should be given the opportunity to self reflect about choices they make and how they affect others.


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Textbook (Students have access to both within school)