Childcare / Health & Social Care


If you are interested in the care of people in different settings and are keen to learn more about:

• Health

• Early Years (Care and Education)

• Care of Older People

• Individuals with Specific Needs

Then BTEC Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) at Key Stage 4 and GCE (Applied) Health and Social Care at Key Stage 5 may be the right choice for you.



This year we have introduced the BTEC Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. This is an exciting new programme which requires 60 hours of work experience in a child care setting. In addition to this, coursework is completed on the following topics:

Unit 1 - Understanding Growth and Development

Unit 2 - Keeping Children Safe

Unit 3 - Communication

The BTEC runs over two years and is all coursework based. There are no examinations.



Students follow the Edexcel GCE (Applied) Health and Social Care course. The GCE in Health & Social Care allows students to build skills as well as technical knowledge. It gives them a broad base of understanding whilst allowing them also to focus on the four specialist areas mentioned above in the introduction.

The AS units are as follows:

  • Human Growth and Development - Unit 1 – External examination
  • Communication and Values - Unit 2 - Internal report
  • Positive Care Environments - Unit 3 – Internal report

In the A2 units you will learn about:

  • Meeting Individual Needs - Unit 7 – External examination
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing - Unit 8 – Internal report
  • Investigating Disease - Unit 9 - Internal report

Please follow the links on the left-hand menu for further details of these KS4 and KS5 courses.



Students in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to go out on work experience and have to complete sixty hours in total. For this they are able to access local primary schools and  nurseries.

Students in Key Stage 5 have the opportunity to go out on visits to local health and social care environments such as local residential homes, hospices, primary schools and nurseries to enhance their learning and to help in the writing of their internal reports in Year 12.

External speakers are also invited in to help develop further their understanding of the subject. Students have listened to presentations by professionals such as occupational therapists, care managers, social workers and nurses for people with disabilities.


Both of these courses are interesting, informative and rewarding. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Doherty, Subject Tutor, for further information.

  1. Applied Social Care Information - Nov 13