Health Studies

Health covers health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues, such as sexual health and dementia.  

Why study Health Studies? 

The Health Studies course will give you a great starting point for entry into a health care career such as nursing, midwifery, childcare, education, or paramedic to name a few. Each student in the department has the opportunity to complete work experience in a care setting. Even if you are not planning on going into a health care career, the skills you will gain are vital in many professions.  

What will I study?

Extended Certificate (one A-level equivalent) and Diploma (two A-level equivalent). 

Extended Certificate:

  • Unit 1 – Building positive relationships in health and social care
  • Unit 2 - This unit will help students to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support
  • Unit 3 - This unit introduces students to health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Unit 4- Anatomy and physiology for healthcare

In their second year students will undertake another 2 pieces of coursework.  


In your first year of study you will study all of the modules completed by extended certificate students.   

Then you will go on to study more modules in your second year of study: 

  • Unit 5 – Infection control
  • Unit 6 – Safeguarding
  • Unit 7 – Personalisation and a person centred approach

There are numerous options for this coursework on both courses which are decided by staff each year. In recent years we have covered: 

  • Nutrition for health
  • Sexual health, reproduction and early development
  • Supporting people with dementia
  • Public health

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


Both health studies courses are assessed via coursework and external exams across the 2 years of study. 

Where could it take me?

By completing Health Studies you will be fully prepared for any health-based degree such as midwifery at Liverpool John Moores University, critical care nurse at King’s College London University Hospital or social work at Edge Hill University. Other related subjects include education, speech and language therapy. You may also choose to go directly into work in the health and social care sector as a paramedic, early years worker or adult care worker. 

Subject combinations

There is some overlap with both Applied Science, Biology, Physical Education, Sociology and Psychology. 

What support is available?

One-to-one tutorials, revision buddies with other students, and small group support sessions are all available. 

What extracurricular activity is available?

Each student in the department has the opportunity to complete work experience in a care setting. We also host visiting speakers from breastfeeding charities and from various health and social care settings. 

Did you know?

100% of Winstanley College health students achieved a distinction on at least one piece of coursework in 2021. 

Our students go on to a variety of degree offers – psychology, forensic science, human resources, nursing and policing to name a few.