Health and Social Care

Welcome to the Health & Social Care and Sociology Department

Health and Social Care

Applied Health & Social Care provides students with access to a wide range of higher education opportunities and employment. Some students decide to study for HND’s in Social Care or Early Childhood Studies. Other students progress to employment within Health & Social Care Services and schools. Some students enter into degree courses in Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Teaching.


Studying Sociology is an enjoyable and illuminating experience. In a broad sense, Sociology is the systematic study of human social groups. Perhaps the main contribution of AS/A2 Level Sociology is that it can help people to understand their own lives better i.e. it helps us understand our place in the social world. It does this by explaining the relationships between personal experience and ‘external’ events, between self and society. Thus, the loss of a job or the closure of a local school may be viewed as a personal problem to the individual with little thought being given to the reason(s) why such things occur. Sociology can help to explain such experience by exploring who is responsible for it or whether what has happened is part of a wider social trend in unemployment or cuts in the education budget. By doing this we make sense of our own lives.

Aims of Department

Teachers in the Department are working towards the following aims:
1. To stimulate and/or maintain student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Sociology/Health & Social Care;

2. To employ teaching methods and resources that allows all students (irrespective of their gender, academic ability etc.) to have equal access to Sociology/Health & Social Care and to experience success and enjoyment within the subjects;

3. To develop an awareness of the society in which students live:
i. The impact of various institutions (family, education, religion, law, early years settings, health institutions) on individuals and society;
ii. The significance of Sociology/Health & Social Care within ST. Marks and wider society and to value its importance;

4. To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as critical analysis, reflective thinking, respect for diversity, independence;

5. To effectively make use of ICT to enhance student learning and to encourage students to make use of ICT


1. To encourage students to acquire knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes;

2. To appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate;

3. To understand and evaluate sociological methods of research;

4. To develop skills than enable students to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society;

5. To develop a lifelong interest in social issues;

6. To develop skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation

Health & Social Care

1. To develop and sustain an interest in health, early years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector;

2. To acquire practical, theoretical knowledge and understanding of all care settings and issues which affect them;

3. To actively participate in work experience within health care settings to develop key skills such as independence, evaluation, problem-solving;

4. To apply knowledge, understanding and skills


Mrs Joleen Morgan (Coordinator of HSC/SOC)
Mrs Moira Crilly (HSC/SOC)
Mrs Deirdre Connor
Mrs Catrina Marron
Mrs Emma Carragher

Students are encouraged to:

1. Follow guidance material and mark schemes from teachers and work towards deadlines;
2. Seek advice from teachers on improvements in work;
3. keep an organised folder and if absent catch up with missing material;
4. Work independently on all assignment units;
5. Keep a diary of concepts and assessment success


Key Stage 5—A Level Programme
GCE CCEA Applied Health & Social Care
GCE AQA Sociology
WJEC Sociology