Year 9 Curriculum - Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 1 / 2 Health and Social Care Tech Award

Approximately three million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. Whilst social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and social workers. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.

In Year 9, students will be given the opportunity to begin studying Health and Social Care, providing the experience to allow them to be successful in KS4 should they wish to continue with the subject. The year 9 curriculum enables students to develop the skills required for the qualification. It also embeds key theoretical understanding in topics that are relevant to KS4 study. Students wishing to take Health and Social Care in Year 10/11 will need to study the Year 9 course to fully prepare them.


Year 9 Health and Social Care topics include:

  • Human Lifespan Development (from infancy to later adulthood)
  • Factors that affect development (Physical, Social and Cultural factors)
  • Measuring Health and Wellbeing (Including physiological indicators such as measuring blood pressure)

Lessons include a combination of independent, paired and group work. As well as applying knowledge to personal experiences, case studies are used throughout the course. Teaching and learning consist of theoretical lessons, as well as creative and practical lessons for students to embed their knowledge and understanding. Year 9 offers a real opportunity to allow students to see whether the subject is the right one for them moving forward to KS4.


Enquiries to:

Mrs A. Hardaker – Learning Leader for Health and Social Care