Health and Social


This GCSE is designed to enable students to understand a range of needs of people in health settings such as hospitals, social care settings such as social services, residential care and early years settings such as play groups, nurseries and special educational needs. This also enables the students to understand how the needs are met. The GCSE helps develop skills needed to work with a variety of people, vulnerable groups and short and long term needs. Career pathways include: social work, nursing, midwifery, youth work, police, teaching, community work, probation etc.

Unit A911: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision
  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • The ways people can obtain services and the possible barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services
  • The types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are organised
  • The principles of care that underpin all care work
  • The main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years services
  • 60 marks
  • 60% of the total GCSE marks
  • Controlled assessment task
  • This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated
  • This is carried out through controlled assessment (written up under exam conditions)
Unit A912: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships
  • The stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • The different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • The development of self-concept and different types of relationships
  • Major life changes and sources of support
  • 60 marks
  • 40% of the total GCSE marks
  • 1 hour written paper
  • Candidates answer all questions
  • This unit is externally assessed (exam)