'The mind and body are not separate- what affects one affects the other'.

Wendy Ida


Studying Health and Social Care is an enjoyable and illuminating experience. As a vocational subject, it offers students opportunities for the development of the transferable skills necessary in a changing and dynamic working environment. Students will examine the structures which exist within Northern Ireland in the Health and Social Care sectors and explore issues which have regional, national, European and Global dimensions.

Health & Social Care in St. Patrick's Grammar School


Mrs R McGuigan (Head of Department)

Miss M Murphy

Miss L Doran

Health & Social Care is taught by three teachers, Miss M.Murphy & Miss L. Doran at AS & A2 Level. The course is a mixture of both internal and external assessments that are completed within two years. To support the teaching and learning that takes place in the classroom throughout the academic year, all students are provided with opportunities to attend educational trips and listen to guest speakers from various organisations that visit the department.

Teaching and Learning Aims

Health & Social Care is a popular Post 16 option within St. Patricks' due to its applied nature as pupils only sit two exams throughout the course alongside a range of coursework units. This course is suitable for pupils who currently have, or want to develop an interest in health, early years and the social care sector. Key aspects of the course include issues currently affecting the care sector in Northern Ireland. key components of the course include a week long placement in a local care setting, & creating projects and investigating real situations such as current health initiatives & issues affecting human development.

Through studying Health & Social Care, we aim to:

  • develop & stimulate pupil interest & engagement in health, social care and early years’ sectors.
  • teach pupils to draw different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding- particularly in the Health & Social Care sector in Northern Ireland.
  • encourage pupils to develop higher order thinking skills, creative thinking and problem-solving in both internal and external units.
  • allow pupils to apply their skills to work-related scenarios via a Health & Social Care placement in a local early years setting.
  • support pupils in their project of researching and create a health promotion activity and present their findings in different formats.
  • ensure pupils' develop knowledge and understanding relevant to degrees in nursing, allied health professions, social sciences, social policy, social work and early years.
  • ensure pupils develop the necessary skills, aptitudes and values for employment in the health, social care and early years’ sectors.

Careers in Health & Social Care

Many students with a Health & Social Care qualification go on to undertake further study and have successful careers in a range of disciplines such as:

  • Teaching
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Counsellor
  • Paramedic
  • Optometry

Health & Social Care Department Calendar

Stay up to date with the Health & Social Care calendar. This is where you can find exam dates, revision classes and information/events that are specific to the Health & Social Care Department.