Health and Social Care

What does it mean to be healthy? This is a question that often gets asked and studying Health and Social Care at De Warenne Academy will enable pupils to find the answer. Our aim is to ensure pupils understand what is meant by holistic health, not just the absence of a physical illness.

Throughout this course they will look at physical, intellectual, emotional and social development; these elements will underpin everything they will study. From looking at factors that affect development throughout their life, to learning about services that are available to help with health and wellbeing. Last year pupils went to Cast theatre to watch a play about the lives of young carers produced by Salford Youth Theatre.

Health and Social Care will provide pupils with invaluable knowledge and guidance that they can follow throughout their life. They will have experience of measuring and interpreting health indicators and producing a plan to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals including themselves.

Pupils will also gain experience of demonstrating the main care values that all roles within Health and Social Care are based on. Links with Sheffield Hallam University and Doncaster and Bassettlaw teaching hospitals ensure that pupils are exposed to many of the 350 different roles available with this area through attending careers fayres, and employer encounters within school from companies such as “Medical Mavericks”. Many pupils choose to follow this career path into further education and beyond.

Department Staff

  • Mrs C Shires (Head of Department)
  • Miss L Morley


Health and Social Care BTEC Tech Award consists of three Components:

One component assessed through external examination and two components made up of internally assessed coursework. The content of the exam is based on how to improve health and wellbeing for an individual based on a given scenario.

The other components cover topics such as the development of a celebrity or relative through life stages, their physical, intellectual, social and emotional changes and the factors that contribute to these changes, health and social care provision within the local area and the care values that underpin this. Students are required to relate the theory they learn to specific case studies within health and social care settings to gain accreditation.

As they progress through this subject, students acquire the skills needed to care effectively for users of health and social care settings. They will learn skills that will allow them to assess needs and provide care, to communicate effectively to all ages and abilities as well as practical skills that they can apply when working within any health and social care setting.

For more information use this link BTEC TECH AWARD

Health and Social Care students recently visited a mock up operating theatre to see how the curriculum they study links to real life.


At De Warenne we offer a variety of different sized qualifications in Health and Social Care. Students will choose the course most suited to them to combine with other subjects they wish to study.

All of the qualifications are made up of external exams and internally assessed units.

Units include:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and support needs
  • Promoting public Health
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • This course qualifies for UCAS points so can support you in your application for university. It can also help prepare you for careers in the industry such as nursing, social care, childhood studies and teaching and many more. Many students also follow the apprenticeship route after completing their level 3 course.

For more information on the different qualifications please click the relevant link below.

Extended certificate Specification

Diploma specification

Extended diploma specification 

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