Health and Social Care

Overview/Aims of the Learning Area

Health and Social Care is a stimulating, relevant and interesting subject. The health, social care and early years sectors are major employers in Northern Ireland.

  • By choosing this subject you will be given the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including communication, health promotion, family issues and quality care.
  • This subject develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to degrees in nursing, allied health professions, social sciences, social work and early years.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills such as research, analysis, communication, working with others, independent learning, creative thinking and problem solving.

Mrs A McCrea (Subject Leader)
Mrs J Beggs
Miss S Clarke
Mrs A Cunningham
Mrs C Edwards
Mrs K Pedlow


  • The subject of Health and Social and Social Care is delivered within the Home Economics Department of the school.
  • It has access to 3 multi-purpose classrooms with 20 computers and a printer in each room.
  • Each room has a promethean board with a computer link to the C2K network and Apple TV.
  • The subject is also delivered within a large attractive classroom which has access to 20 laptops.

GCE Health and Social Care

Specification / Exam board:  CCEA


Students will study an eclectic range of subjects relevant to employment in the health, social care and early years sectors of the economy. There is a good balance between externally assessed units (examinations) and internally assessed units (portfolios) which enable you to plan work effectively and monitor your progress on a regular basis. As this is an applied subject with a vocational perspective, you will be given the opportunity to access a health, social care or early years setting such as a hospital, care home, day centre, nursery or primary school. During this placement you will gain first hand experience of the day to day running of the setting.

Criteria for Entry

  • GCSE Grade B or above in one of the following subjects: Business and Communication, Business Studies, Child Development, English, English Literature, Geography, History, Home Economics, ICT, PE, Core Science, Additional Science, Biology, Leisure and Tourism.

NB: Completion of the 1 Year Cambridge Technical course will not be acceptable for entry on this course.

Assessment Format

Internal assessment involves the completion of a written report which is restricted to a word count limit. External assessment involves the completion of a two hour exam paper which contains 3 questions.

Summary of the structure of AS and A2

AS Level

Unit TitleForm of AssessmentWeighting
AS 1: Promoting Quality CareInternal assessment 5000 word report25% AS
10% A Level
AS 2: Communicating in a Care SettingInternal Assessment 5000 word report25% AS
10% A Level
AS 3: Health and Well Being2 hour examined unit (3 questions)50% AS
20% A Level

A2 Level

Unit TitleForm of AssessmentWeighting
A2 3: Providing Services
2 hour examined unit based on pre-release material.
3 questions based on one service group use
30 % A Level
A2 4: Health PromotionInternal Assessment 5000 word report15% A Level
A2 5: Supporting the FamilyInternal Assessment 5000 word report15% A Level

Career Opportunities

Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Clinical Science, Health Education and Promotion, Counselling, Social  Work, Early Years, Child Care or Teaching.

Useful web links
Department of Education Northern Ireland
Early Years organisation for young children
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Department of Health
Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
NI Direct
Health and Social Care Online
Public Health Agency
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Health Careers
Skills for Care
World Health Organization

Care Home information
Health and Care Professions Council
Northern Ireland Social Care Council
Nursing and Midwifery Council