‘Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.’
- Mother Teresa
- Miss R Mulholland (Head of Department)
Mrs M J McBriarty
Mrs J Kelly
Mrs L Hawes
Miss A BagnallHealth and Social Care is the study of health and well-being. Students learn about the key stages of physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and begin to understand the profound influence that relationships and life events can have on an individual’s health.Students also examine the factors that influence a person’s self-concept and how people react to change in their lives. A broad understanding of the many and various factors that impact on a person’s health can be of huge benefit to students, both personally and professionally.Health and Social Care is offered at GCSE and AS/A2 Level. It appeals to students with an interest in health, well-being and caring for others. Many of our pupils who study Health and Social Care go on to have interesting and successful careers in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, social work, teaching and occupational therapy.
EXAM BOARD: CCEA
Unit 1: Personal Development, Health and Well-Being
This unit is assessed through an external examination
Unit 2: Working in the Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors
This unit is assessed by controlled assessment
The specification gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to:
- human development;
- factors affecting health and well-being;
- major life changes and sources of support;
- identifying and meeting service users’ needs in the health, social care and early years sectors;
- the provision of integrated health and social care services and of early years services;
- accessing health, social care and early years services and barriers to access;
- job roles in the sectors;
- values of care; and
Click here to access the CCEA microsite for GCSE Health and Social Care:
Here you can access the GCSE specification, past papers and mark schemes.
What our pupils have to say about GCSE Health and Social Care:
AGE NI PROJECT
GCSE Health and Social Care pupils have the opportunity to visit our local Age NI Centre in Ballynahinch and write letters to their ‘pen-pals’ at the centre. Last year, we visited and made Christmas cards together, competed in a Christmas quiz and sang carols.
The CCEA GCE Health and Social Care specification appeals to students with an interest in health, well-being and caring for others. It gives students the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects, including communication, social policy and psychology, and develop skills including research, investigation and analysis.
At AS Level pupils currently study the following modules:
AS 1: Promoting Quality Care
- AS 2: Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings
- AS 3: Health and Well-Being
- At A2 Level pupils currently study the following modules:
- A2 3: Providing Services
- A2 4: Health Promotion
- A2 5: Supporting the Family
Click here to access the CCEA microsite for GCE Health and Social Care:
Here you can access the GCE specification, past papers and mark schemes.
What our pupils have to say about GCE Health and Social Care:
“I really enjoyed the coursework and the opportunities to get feedback from the teachers to help improve it.”
“When we did group activities in class, I found this fun and it was useful getting other people opinions and knowledge on the topics.”
“I enjoyed the work experience and learning about Cystic Fibrosis.”
“I enjoyed completing all the coursework, especially researching health promotion and organisations that support families. Further on in the year after the pre-release had been given out I enjoyed making notes on that and preparing for the exam.”
HYGIENE BANK PROJECT
A Level Health and Social Care pupils support the work of the Northern Ireland Hygiene Bank by collecting hygiene products which are then distributed to charities in our local community.
A Level Health and Social Care pupils have the opportunity to participate in two placements in Health and Social Care settings in Year 13. Traditionally pupils will visit local nursery schools and residential care homes to observe how staff deliver quality care to the service users.
Websites providing further information on careers in the health and social care sector:
NHS 360 Careers
Follow some of the pages below to keep up to date with news and changes in the world of Health and Social Care: