Year 9 Options - Health & Social Care


About 3 million people work in health and social care.  Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators.  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.


Component 1: Human Lifespan Development

  • How individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time. 
  • How various factors, events and choices impact individuals’ growth and development.
  • How people adapt to life events and cope with making changes.

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

  • Learn which health and social care services are available and discover who’s involved in providing these services. 
  • Identify why people might need to use these services and explore what might stop people from accessing the services they need.
  • Look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.

Component 3: Health and Wellbeing

  • Learn what ‘being healthy’ means to different people and explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing.
  • Create a health and wellbeing improvement, which includes targets and recommendations of support services available.
  • Reflect on the potential challenges the person may face when putting the plan into action.


There are 2 internally assessed units

  • Component 1: Human Lifespan Development -30%
  • Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values – 30%

External assessment

  • Component 3: Health and Wellbeing – 40%

All assignments and the on-line exam must be completed satisfactorily in order to pass the course.