Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

Haughton Academy is a fantastic environment to support Health and Social Care pupils.

"Health is the greatest possession" – Lao Tzu


We will always need health care, whether it be for the elderly, young, sick or infirm.  The demand for people in these vital jobs will continue to increase in the North East.

At Haughton, our health and social care intent is to provide a developed, relevant and purposeful KS4 option in Health and Social Care.  This will allow our pupils to access theory and practical lessons to progress onto college or apprenticeships and beyond. The course will allow pupils to develop key transferable skills and knowledge. 

Pupils will study how people grow and develop over the course from birth to end of life, and the factors that can affect their development.  They will look at how major life events can impact on health and wellbeing and the local and national support that that is available to individuals. Pupils will also look at how people access the local Health and Social Care and what providers they have access to.

About Us:

Learners have the opportunity to work with small children, helping them develop their communications skills in Springfield Academy, to working with children in Beaumont Hill Academy, gaining an understanding of individuals' needs.

We have links to local care homes, schools and other organisations in the Health and Social Care sector, which help to give learners a realistic overview of life in this sector. The course links to progressive courses run at local colleges and also Teesside University.   

What can the qualification lead to? 

Learners who achieve Level 2, and achieve their Level 4 and above in English and Maths, might consider progression to: 

All the above prepare learners for entry to higher education in a range of subjects, including - Nursing, Physiotherapy, Primary teaching.

Units studied are:  

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development - Exam

In this unit, pupils will explore human growth and development across life stages, and also investigate factors that affect human growth and development and how they are interrelated. 

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values – Coursework

In this unit, pupils will explore the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care and also investigate ways of empowering individuals who use health and social care services. 

Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care – Coursework

In this unit, pupils will investigate different forms of communication and also investigate barriers to communication, in health and social care and be able to communicate effectively in health and social care. 

Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Well-being – Coursework 

In this unit, pupils will explore the effects of socialisation on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and understand the influences that relationships have on the health and wellbeing of individuals. They will also investigate the effects of social factors on the health and wellbeing of individuals.

The course is graded Level 2 Pass (4), Merit (6), Distinction (7) and Distinction* (8.5)

Curriculum Pathway:

A Curriculum Summary document for Health and Social Care can be found by clicking here.

The following provides you with a Learning Journey of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum here in Haughton Academy. A copy can be found by clicking here.

Health and Social Care Learning Journey


The Health and Social Care department consists of three members of staff, these are:

If you have any further queries about the Vocational curriculum on offer at Haughton Academy, please get in touch with Mrs Larsen (Subject Leader for Vocational)