The Care department consists of a team of dedicated teachers who have a committed approach to ensure that our students achieve their full potential. We teach Health and Social Care and Child Development in KS4 and KS5.

The diverse background of the teachers ensures students are stretched and challenged within their chosen area. We provide specialist training support such as first aid courses, access to a varied placement program in Care homes, primary schools and nurseries.

This is an exciting time for the Care department as it grows and offers further courses to meet the needs of all students – come and see us!!

Study Support

TThe department offers a wide range of opportunities in order for all students to engage actively and fulfil their potential within the subject areas at all key stages. There are after school clubs and holiday sessions.


Mrs. S Wall, email: [email protected]

Ms. B Kakkad, email: [email protected]

“The teachers really care about what we do.”

“The department is well organised, and, as students we know what grade we are working at and what to do to improve that grade to reach our potential.”

“Teachers are friendly and I am never afraid to ask for help.”

“I really enjoy the theory lessons and learning about how the development of a child changes with age.”

Year 10

In Year 10 we introduce students to the main themes in either Health and Social Care or Children’s Play, Learning and Development (CPLD).

By studying Edexcel BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 Award in Health & Social Care it is hoped that you will:

  • Gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector
  • Investigate values which underpin care

In Year 10 learners are required to study two components in the qualification.  They will complete one unit in year 10.

  1. Human Lifespan Development (internal coursework unit )
  2. Health and Social Care Services and Values (internal coursework unit)

By studying the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, it is hoped learners will have the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the early years sector of child development and using play to promote child development.

In Year 10 learners are required to study and complete two components in the qualification.

  • Unit 1 – Patterns of Child Development, External exam (sat in year 11)
  • Unit 2 – Promoting Children’s Development, Through Play (Internal, coursework)

Year 11

In Year 11, in Health and Social Care you will begin the exam unit with the intention of sitting the exam in February. This is Unit 3 Health and Wellbeing (External Synoptic Unit). You will also complete the second coursework unit, started in year 11.

In Year 11 CPLD, you will also revisit the exam unit with the intention of sitting the exam in January. You will also complete the final Unit of work: Unit 3 The Principles of Early Years Practice. (Internal, coursework)

Whilst much of the content remains the same, or similar to the previous Specification for Health & Social Care and Child Care, the key change is how the assessment will be carried out.

At Level 2, students will examine content in lessons and make appropriate, independent, detailed notes in class.  These notes are CRUCIAL, as students will now complete coursework under controlled, examination conditions, during a specified window set out by the examination board.  There will be TWO units of coursework completed during the two years at Key Stage 4.

The first coursework completion ‘window’ will be from February to March 2023. Students will have, over a series of lessons, time to complete coursework in class. This will then be marked by their teacher and a sample selected to be moderated by the exam board.  The second ‘window’ will be in year 11.

This differs from previous specifications, where students could complete coursework at home, as well as within school, by a set deadline. This will NOT be possible under the new specification.   Students will only have access to personal the notes they have made. (no internet or use of text books to support completion of work).

The final exam will be taken in year 11.

At KS5, the Care Department offers several courses.

Please view our dedicated Sixth Form section for more information on the courses available.