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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.


Level 2 - NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care will provide learners with knowledge and understanding of core subject areas in health and social care to support progression to further learning or the workplace. You will learn about equality, diversity, and rights in health and social care along with safeguarding

Level 3 - 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.

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.


Students can choose to study Child Development if they are considering this as a choice for their options.  They will cover Conception and factors that can impact development whilst in the womb.  They will then explore holistic development and gain an understanding of how to support a child’s development. 


NCFE CACHE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care in the Early Years

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • provide an understanding of holistic child development
  • identify factors that influence child development
  • understand legislation in the early years
  • promote care routines and activities to support the child
  • provide an understanding of the expectations of an early years practitioner and their roles and responsibilities in a childcare setting
  • provide an understanding of the importance of observations in early years childcare
  • understand the purpose of planning in early years childcare


NCFE - Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

The Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education gives learners an understanding of Early Years childcare of children from birth to 5 years and further knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.  Students will learn about child development from birth to 7 and about children’s health and well-being.  

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.