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Health & Social Care

Subject Overview

The Health & Social Care Department offers Level 3 BTEC National in Health and Social Care (Extended Certificate)  Our health and social care courses are for pupils wishing to move into the health or social sector and related occupations.  Students are able to uncover the aspects of health & social care that makes working in this sector so fulfilling and motivating.


The BTEC National in Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification that will help prepare you for a wide range of careers or for further study on a range of degree programmes.  You will learn about how the human body changes over time and learn about what it means to work in the sector and what skills and behaviours you need. If you are studying the larger qualification such as the Diploma, you will also learn about the principles of safe practice when working in the sector, and the importance of respecting the individual differences and needs of service users.

Higher Education Links & Career Opportunities

The care sector is a growing industry and as a result the opportunity for employment is increasing. Successful completion of the Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification prepares our students for a variety of degrees in the health and social care sector leading to some exciting career opportunities. Students can follow degree courses such as Midwifery, Radiology, or Nursing or choose to work in social care and become a social worker or counsellor. 


Child Care

Subject Overview

In Child Development and Care, we explore the key characteristics of early childhood from birth to five years. Students will develop knowledge, understanding and technical skills by planning play opportunities suitable for young children across the five areas of development as part of their learning.  Students will gain experience on a range of topics that are important to the early years, such as the importance of play and how child-friendly environments help to support this.


This foundation year is an introduction to childcare and development.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about how children develop in the 4 main areas as part of this they will take part in our ‘Baby Egg’ project.   Towards the end of Year 9 we introduce the students to the different types of settings and local provision for children.  This will include learning about nurseries, primary schools, crèches and wrap around care.  They will  learn to categorise the settings into statutory, voluntary or private settings.  This option course lays the foundations of skills and knowledge needed in KS4


Cache Technical Award in Childcare and Development.

Students will learn about the development of children aged 0-5 years. They will be expected to know about the different types of care settings and their responsibilities if they were working with children. They will gain an understanding of how  children develop, what can affect their development and the individual needs children may have. The students will learn ways to care for children and create simple activities that help them to develop in a healthy and safe way.  This course is made up of three Units (2 Coursework units and 1 exam.)


Cache Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education

This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. The students will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect development and the theorists who have shaped the early years curriculum as we know it today. They will be able to understand key legislation for early years and plan, carry out and evaluate play activities with children in their work experience placement which take place at least 3 times a year.

Higher Education Links & Career Opportunities

Students from KS4 can progress on to complete  CACHE Level 3 Technical in Childcare and Education.  Once students complete this course they will have their licence to practice and be counted in ratio in a nursery.  This can lead to some exciting career opportunities such as teaching assistants, nursery room leaders and even set up their own business as a childminder.   Students can also go on to University to train to become a teacher.