Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Our Intent

At Rawmarsh Community School we aim to ensure our Childcare curriculum is designed to allow pupils who choose the subject to leave able and qualified for a career involving children or an understanding of how to care for children as a parent or carer.  Our curriculum empowers students to develop their interest around a wide range of interlinking themes that expose students to a wider world beyond that of the local community. 

Our curriculum empowers students to develop their interest around a wide range of interlinking themes within the health and social care world that expose students to a wider world beyond that of the local community. Within our local community we work closely with the local residential care home to expose students to real life health and social care settings and work with the careers team to get our students work based experience if requested to enhance tnges of the world beyond school.

Our 3-year curriculum builds on prior learning and ensures that we nurture student’s skills for learning so they build pon the skills required for their final unit 3 exam. Our intention is to develop a curriculum that helps students develop into well rounded human beings ready and able for the challenges that appear over time. Moving from L1 to L2 distinction level. We give all students the opportunity to reach their highest potential and differentiate learning down where necessary to support students and foster learning.

How we intend to remove barriers


In Health and Social Care we remove barriers to learning and support students’ ability to access the curriculum through the development of literacy through writing up coursework using targeting questioning. Literacy misconceptions do not go unchallenged, especially key words, as whilst SPAG is not marked to achieve the higher grades the work is expected to be of a high standard with key words being spelt corrected. 


Whilst numeracy is not a large part of the course pupils are expected to be able to read  key health indicators such as BMI charts and blood pressure charts. Pupils are also expected to be able to interpret this data so as part of the course pupils are supported to read these.


Oracy skills are continually developed through the use of group work and all pupils have to take part in a role play where they need to demonstrate care value skills. 


Students are given key vocabulary through the use of key word glossaries, words in lessons as well as knowledge tests where appropriate which are built on throughout the course. Pupils are given the opportunity to read widely through the use of case studies and targeted reading material such as researching local health and care services.

How we develop skills for learning

Students are given opportunities to develop their skills for learning and each and every lesson. Engaging starter activities help students to know more and remember more by challenging their ability to recall key the key concepts of prior learning. Key themes of health and social care are continually recapped allowing pupils to form links and see real life scenarios.

The skills for learning process within the Health and Social Care curriculum both reinforces the key Health and Social Care skills content and helps our students to know, remember and be able to do more at each stage of the curriculum. The final unit in Health and Social Care is an exam which ties together all of the other Units of Health and Social and requires pupils to draw on skills and knowledge they have learnt throughout their studies.

How we foster personal attributes

In Health and Social Care our curriculum intent embodies that of the school. We are committed to ensuring we do not only teach students the knowledge and skills that will help them pass examinations but we also provide them with the exposure to the wider world context in order to develop them as well rounded individuals. Our curriculum demands independence, resilience and responsibility in line with Rawmarsh Way.

Health and Social Care allows students to see how humans develop at different life stages and gives them an understanding of how to see different events through the eyes of others, including visiting and learning about about social care settings. Additionally, students understand how decisions they make around their health and lifestyle can impact on their life as a whole.

How we intend to enrich student experiences and broaden the horizons of students

Health and Social Care is a subject that naturally goes beyond the classroom. To this end we broaden the horizons of all our students and enrich their experiences through applying the classroom situations to real life events. We have visited local care homes to see care values in practice. We also have had social science trips to Sheffield Hallam University to see potential careers in action. Health and Social Care is a popular subject to study at Level 3 with 17 pupils leaving in 2019 to study it at college level.

Our Curriculum in Health & Social Care

Year 9

In year 9 pupils are exposed to key areas of Health and Social care. They start by taking part in a communications unit where they explore the role of communication in health and social care setting. They then investigate the importance of communication in health and social and reflect on how communication can help service users.

A key theme of Health and Social care is barriers that service users may face and in Year 9 students explore barriers to communication in health and social care settings such as hearing impairment. They then reflect on ways to use communication to overcome barriers and explain and justify the importance of overcoming barriers. In the second half of Year 9 students undertake a creative and therapeutic activities unit. Here they explore different health and social care settings such as domiciliary care, day care and community groups. Students will then look into different activities that can be found within these settings, paying particular attention to how appropriate and beneficial they are to the service user.

Students develop key health and social care skills such as being able to identify and describe activities that take place within a health and social care setting. They will also be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of therapy, with attention being paid to physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. From this the students will then be able to assess their appropriateness in different setting and develop comparative skills.

Year 10

In year 10 we start completing the coursework elements of the course. In Health and Social Care there are two coursework units and each is broken down into 2 separate pieces of work. The first unit is Human Lifespan Development and the first piece of coursework is Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it. Pupils learn about different life stages and how PIES (Physical, Intellectual, Emotion, Social) develop across each lifestage. We then explore Physical factors, such as diet, Social and Cultural factors, such as role models, and Economic factors, such as poverty and explain how they can impact on a persons PIES development across different life stages. The second piece of coursework in this unit is Investigate how individuals deal with life events.

We explore different types of life events including expected (e.g. marriage) and unexpected (death) and the impact that these can have on a person. Students also research the sources support that someone may need to help them through difficult situations and the types of support that they can give. This includes investigating formal support, such as a doctor, informal, such as friends and family and voluntary such as charities. Students apply their knowledge to two case studies and demonstrate their understanding through writing about what may happen. In the third term of Year 10 students start work on the second unit of study Health and Social Care Services and Values. The first piece of coursework in this unit is Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them. Students learn about the different types of health care providers such as Primary care (e.g. GP, Dentist, Opticians), Secondary/Tertiary care (e.g. specialist care such as dermatologist) and Allied care (e.g. physiotherapy) and their role and responsibilities. We also study different social care services and look at which service users may use them for example services for young people such as foster care. Students then recap the barriers knowledge from Year 9 and apply how barriers may impact on service users being able to access local services.

Students advance on the key writing skills that they learnt in year 9 applying them to writing up their coursework. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills are developed throughout their coursework. The skills learnt will be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas. Due to the nature of the coursework element pupils also learn key life skills such as independence, time management skills and resilience.

Year 11

In year 11 we start with focussing on the exam element of the course with the exam taking place in the January of year 11. The exam unit is on Health and Wellbeing and learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan. Within this unit we look at physiological and lifestyle indicators including physical indicators like genetic conditions, ill health, diet, exercise, substance abuse and personal hygiene, Social/Emotional factors like stress, relationships, willingness to seek help, Economic factors and Environmental factors such as pollution and housing.

Pupils are then taught how to interpret health indicators such as pulse, blood pressure, peak flow and BMI and the risks posed to health. The final part of the exam is creating a health and well being plan where pupils are taught about SMART targets and how to create a plan around a number of health issues. The final coursework unit in year 11 is Demonstrate care values and review own practice. Pupils learn about and then through a role play demonstrate the different care values that are vital in a health and social care career. Students then review their own practice evaluating the successes and improvements that they would need to make if they were to do it again.

Students advance on the key writing skills that they have learnt throughout health and social care applying them to writing up their coursework. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills are developed throughout their coursework. The skills learnt will be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas. Students learn real life health and social care skills which could be transferred into real life job roles. They learn how to demonstrate care value skills such as empathy, independence and communication skills. They also learn how to write a health and care plan which teaches them valuable lessons in targeting setting and making targets specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

Students learn about Human growth and development, including the influence this has on personal relationships, confidence and notions of body image. Students learn about vulnerable groups in society, such as the elderly, and how they can be supported. Students learn about the values of respect and showing sensitivity to the needs of others.

Students also learn about the different health and social needs of different ethnic groups, as well as the importance of recognising and understanding sexual diversity when dealing with health issues.

Health & Social Care Staff

Mrs H Mayfield

Head of Humanities
Social Sciences

Miss J Holcroft
Teacher of Health and Social Care & Social Science

Mrs A Hawkridge
Assistant Headteacher

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Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening - Wednesday 11th March - 5pm