Health and Social Studies

Health and Social Studies is an amalgamation of subjects, with health at the heart of all of them. Health and Social Studies aims to support students in their understanding of life and broaden their education. The health and food industry are two of the main employers in the UK.

Health & Social Studies

The department consists of: Food (KS3), Catering (KS4), Sociology (KS4 & KS5), Health and Social Care (KS4) and Psychology (KS4 & KS5).

KS3 Catering


All students in Years 7 and 8 will study KS3 Catering.

Through practical work, they will learn: nutrition; the function of ingredients; how to adapt and plan recipes to meet individual needs; develop practical skill and technique; how to evaluate and improve products; where food comes from; food safety and hygiene.

They will acquire a wide range of skills making predominately savoury products and will learn to work to deadlines, acquire the essential literacy, numeracy and communication skills that enable them to progress.

In Year 7 the topic is ‘healthy lunch’.

In Year 8 the topic is ‘dinner time’.

KS3 Catering


At KS4 students have the option to continue their study of food by selecting GCSE Catering.

GCSE Catering covers the following areas of study:

  • The industry – food and drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping

Unit 1 involves two controlled practical tasks that students will complete during their lessons. One assignment in Year 10 and the other in Year 11. Controlled tasks are internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

Unit 2 is an examination that the students will take during Year 11. Students have the opportunity to cook for themselves, College events and restaurant themed evenings.



GCSE Health and Social Care

GCSE Health and Social Care is an ideal qualification for those pupils who want a broad background in health and social care or are considering a career in the care profession.

Examples of employment which a GCSE in Health and Social Care might lead to include: nursery nursing; social work; care assistant work, working with children, becoming a nurse or GP.

The course structure is:

Unit 1 – Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

This unit is assessed by controlled assessment (60%) – Year 10.

Unit 2 – Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

This module is worth (40%) and assessed by a written examination in Year 11.

Within Health and Social Care we aim to develop the students’ skills base so that it is broad and varied and we provide students with the opportunity to experience health and social care in different settings.

GCSE Health and Social Care


AQA GCSE & A Level Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of society. Sociology tries to explore the way groups of people act and behave and hopes to help make society a better place for us all.

Some of the key questions in Sociology today that we will look at: How is society divided into different groups? How do children learn to fit into society? Why do girls do better in schools than boys? How do sociologists do research? Why do people commit crime?

Studying Sociology opens eyes to current modern life issues and debates. It identifies ways in which society has changed and will change and students will have the opportunity to discuss if this is for the better or not.

Sociology will help you to develop skills of literacy, numeracy, analysis, reasoning, essay writing and research. Similar to psychology, sociology provides a wide range of career opportunities. Both GCSE & A Level are 100% examination.


AQA GCSE & A Level Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of Human behaviour.

The subject offers students an opportunity to explore some fascinating areas such as: how reliable is our memory? What does a person say through their body language? What is personality and what parts of the brain house your personality?

AQA GCSE & A Level Psychology

A Psychology course will help students to develop skills of enquiry, evaluative writing, analytical thinking and research and provides an excellent platform for progression to university. They will even be able to apply these skills to other lessons and their own daily lives.

Students will also continue to develop their literacy and numeracy skills and will be able to research areas of real interest to them and it is a subject which is rapidly growing in popularity. Psychology has a huge range of associated career options and potential career paths which include: the police, law, health and social care, social work, teaching or research.

Both GCSE & A Level are 100% examination.