Curriculum Intent

The intent is to provide a dynamic, knowledgeable and rich KS4 curriculum, which gives students at Winterton Community Academy access and progress to further education.  This course will help students to develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation and research skills, building on the essential skills of literacy and numeracy skills.

Students will also be able to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from other GCSE subjects where relevant.  It does not limit progression options because the skills acquired are applicable to a range of future pathways.

Students will be able to relate content and knowledge to real life situations, building on the academy’s values and therefore build tolerance, respect and develop multicultural awareness looking at identifying and removing barriers for individuals.  The course is inclusive for all students with tasks scaffolded to meet the needs of all students and opportunities to develop literacy within the course.

Students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to later adulthood and the factors that may affect this.  They will look at major life events, which are both expected (marriage, parenthood) and unexpected (illness, accidents).  Students will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy.  Students will understand how people adapt to these changes and the local and national health and social care support that is available to them and go onto researching health and social care services in our local community.  They will look at how people access the available services provided and the support that is given in the local community.  Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios.  Students will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health to design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve the individual’s health and wellbeing.  Students will undertake project work, learning about Makaton, how and when it is used.  They will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia friend.

Specific Component subject content:

  • Human Lifespan and Development (Component 1) gives you the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age.  You will also look at the factors that may effect growth and development throughout the lifespan, such as lifechanging events like marriage or death of a partner.  You will explore how individuals cope with these changes, as well as investigate the types of support available to help them.
  • Health and Social Care Services (Component 2) you will investigate common services as well as those for specific needs and consider how they may work together to meet individuals needs.  You will examine the barriers to individuals accessing services and how they may be overcome.  You will explore the skills, attributes and values that are required in health and social care and their importance in making sure that the people who use these services get the care they need.
  • Health and Wellbeing (Component 3) explores the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on an individual’s health and wellbeing.  You will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for someone’s state of health.  You will learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short and long term targets.  Additionally, you will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.


Students who study Health and Social Care will receive 3 lessons a week.  This course is a KS4 course meaning students will opt to study this in Year 9 ready for a Year 10 start following a two-year curriculum.

The subject components covered follow a set course starting with component 1 before completing component 2 and finishing with component 3 which is a holistic overview component.

Road Map – September 2022 onwards (BTEC Tech Award Specification 2022)


The intended impact of curriculum will be evident from the following sources:

  • Knowledge assessment scores (half term / termly)
  • Assignments (Year 11 – Component 1 & 2) – Internal Assessment
  • Pearson Set Assignments practice (Year 10 / 11 – Component 1 & 2)
  • Final Pearson Set Assignments (PSA) (Year 10 – Component 1 / Year 11 – Component 2) – Internal Assessment
  • Mock Exam results (Component 3)
  • Component 3 Exam – External Assessment
  • Student Voice activities
  • Monitoring of Learning and Teaching within lessons
  • Work scrutiny
  • GCSE outcomes at KS4