GCSE Health and Social Care
This page contains information related to our GCSE Health and Social Care specification available in England and Wales.
Wales Centres Only
We are pleased to announce that, in Wales, the end date for our current single and double award GCSE and GCE AS/A level in Health and Social Care will be extended until 2019. This will mean that centres are able to continue entering candidates in September 2017 for two-year courses or in September 2016 for three-year courses
England Centres Only
In England the specification will be awarded for the last time in 2018. However, we are pleased to confirm that, following consultation, we have begun development of a new Level 1/2 Health and Social Care Vocational Award for centres in England for first teaching from 2017.
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Level 1/2 Health and Social Care (England Only)
The WJEC Vocational Award in Health and Social Care will be a Level 1/2 qualification that will enable learners to gain broad knowledge and understanding of Health and Social Care sectors. In addition to the development of sector specific knowledge and understanding, this qualification will also support learners to develop the essential employability skills that are valued by employers and further and higher education.
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Awards are high quality vocational qualifications designed to be delivered alongside GCSEs They:
- are primarily designed for 14-16 year olds in a school environment
- include between 25% and 40% external assessment
- are graded Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*
The Level 1/2 Health and Social Care statement of purpose for the new qualification can be viewed here; this, however, is subject to change as it is still in the early stages of development.
From September 2016/2017, all candidates should follow the revised controlled assessments for Unit 1 and Unit 4. From 2014, please note that only Unit 2 is available for examination in January. Both Units 2 and 3 are available for examination in June.
All relevant controlled assessment materials are available on our Related Documents page.
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GCSE Health and Social Care Examiners' Report Summer 2016Download
Principal Examiners' Report
The Summer 2016 Principal Examiners' reports provide feedback on this Summer's examination series. The reports include helpful observations and commentary on the work produced for this series and can assist teachers in preparing their students for the next examination series.