Health and Creative Studies


Health and Creative Studies is an amalgamation of subjects. Health and Creative Studies aims to support students in their understanding of life and broaden their education. The health and food industry are two of the main employers in the UK.

Health and Creative Studies

The department consists of:

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Food, Materials Technology, Creative Textiles, Music and Art.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Psychology, Sociology, Child Development, Art, Hospitality & Catering, Music and Materials Technology.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Psychology, Sociology and music.

Health and Creative Studies

Key Stage 3 Food

CurriculumKS£ Food Lesson

All students in Years 7 and 8 will study KS3 Food.

Through practical work, they will learn: nutrition; the function of ingredients; how to adapt and plan recipes to meet individual needs; develop practical skill and technique; how to evaluate and improve products; where food comes from; food safety and hygiene.

They will acquire a wide range of skills making predominately savoury products and will learn to work to deadlines, acquire the essential literacy, numeracy and communication skills that enable them to progress.

In Year 7 the topic is ‘Breakfast and Lunch time’.

In Year 8 the topic is ‘dinner time’.




Key Stage 4 Hospitality and Catering

At KS4 students have the option to continue their study of food by selecting Level 2 Hospitality and Catering.

Catering covers the following areas of study:

  • The industry — food and drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping

Unit 1: Non examination assessment, students will research, plan and make a 3 course meal.

Unit 2: This is a paper examination based on the hospitality industry.

KS4 Hospitality and Catering


Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 AQA GCSE & A Level Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of society. Sociology tries to explore the way groups of people act and behave and hopes to help make society a better place for us all.

Some of the key questions in Sociology today that we will look at: How is society divided into different groups? How do children learn to fit into society? Why do girls do better in schools than boys? How do sociologists do research? Why do people commit crime?

Studying Sociology opens eyes to current modern life issues and debates. It identifies ways in which society has changed and will change and students will have the opportunity to discuss if this is for the better or not.

Sociology will help you to develop skills of literacy, numeracy, analysis, reasoning, essay writing and research. Similar to psychology, sociology provides a wide range of career opportunities. Both GCSE & A Level are 100% examination.

KS4/5 Sociology

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 AQA GCSE & A Level Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of Human behaviour.

The subject offers students an opportunity to explore some fascinating areas such as: how reliable is our memory? What does a person say through their body language? What is personality and what parts of the brain house your personality?

KS4/5 Psychology

analytical thinking and research and provides an excellent platform for progression to university. They will even be able to apply these skills to other lessons and their own daily lives.

Students will also continue to develop their literacy and numeracy skills and will be able to research areas of real interest to them and it is a subject which is rapidly growing in popularity. Psychology has a huge range of associated career options and potential career paths which include: the police, law, health and social care, social work, teaching or research.

Both GCSE & A Level are 100% examination.


Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Art & Design

Art and Design provision at Sir John Hunt aims to develop our learners' confidence, enjoyment and appreciation of a wide range of art forms.

Students are encouraged to develop their potential through broad areas such as drawing, painting, critical and contextual studies, graphics, 3 dimensional design, sculpture and print making, building a foundation for the GCSE course beginning in Year 9.

KS 3/4 Art and Design

We have two superb and well equipped light and airy art rooms which provide students with excellent learning environments. Students can take full advantage of the space and have the chance to engage fully with large scale work.

In Years 7 and 8 we aim to give learners a wide range of experiences to enable them to develop a broad range of technical and practical skills. Students are then confidently able to start working towards a GCSE in Art and Design in Year 9.

In Years 10 and 11 students' work starts to take on a more individualistic approach. Students make their own informed choices about the way in which their work will progress and develop, as they improve their practical skills and develop their own ideas, feelings and opinions through their artwork.

Students are able to use a variety of media to produce their artwork including: various types of paint, ink, textiles, clay and other modelling materials.

Art and Design

Clubs & Activities

  • After school Art Clubs
  • Whole Campus Arts Day
  • Community Arts Activities
  • Arts Activity week
  • Art & Design Lead learners
  • Exhibitions and displays
  • Art competitions

Clubs and Activities


Key Stage 3 Design & Technology

Students will be taught the skills and knowledge necessary to research a theme or problem, produce a design proposal, plan how to make it, manufacture the product, and finally test and evaluate it.

Design and Technology combines the design process with the knowledge and skills of the traditional practical subjects of textiles, wood and metal work.

It also supports and consolidates the students' knowledge of literacy, numeracy and ICT, through Design and Technology projects.

At Key Stage 3 all students will study Resistant Materials and textiles technology. They will acquire a wide range of skills and work in variety of media, both 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional.

Design and Technology

Model Car Making

Key Stage 4 Resistant Materials & Construction

At KS4 students have the option to take one of two workshop based subjects:
  • GCSE Resistant Materials
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction

GCSE Resistant Materials is a design based subject that covers the following areas:

  • Unit A561 – Introduction to Designing and Making
  • Unit A563 – Making Quality Products
  • Unit A565 – Sustainability and Technical Aspects of Designing and Making

Units A561 & A563 are controlled assignments that the students will complete during their lessons, in which they have the opportunity to design and make a product using the tools and equipment in the College's workshops, out of a combination of wood, metal and plastic. Unit A565 is an examination that the students will take at the end of Year 11.

Resistant Materials

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction is a practically based subject that covers a number of areas of the construction industry. Some of the units currently being covered are:

  • Unit 1 – Producing a Timber Product
  • Unit 12 – Developing Construction Drawing Skills
  • Unit 14 – Developing Carpentry Skills
  • Unit 15 – Developing Joinery Skills

Each unit is assessed through the production of a portfolio of evidence, including products, observations, presentations and posters, that is internally verified.

Design and Technology


Key Stage 3 Music

Music is essentially a practical subject and it is hoped that all students gain understanding and enjoyment through a variety of activities. We are very lucky to have a superb, large music department, which comprises a teaching/performing room, a music technology suite, a recording studio and several practise rooms.

Students are given a broad range of experiences, developing their appreciation of music, and their understanding of how music works. Students develop their knowledge of melody, harmony and rhythm through engaging practical lessons, which make use of old and new technologies. These include use of Apple iMacs and iPads with Garageband and MIDI keyboards, guitars & basses, as well as the most important instrument of all, the students' own voice.

KS3 Music

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 Music Curriculum

Students can opt to study Music as one of their optional subjects Key Stage 4. The RSL Level 2 certificate in music focuses on composing, performing and listening to music, the latter in some depth. There are opportunities for students to continue studying Music at Key Stage 5. The current course on offer is the RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. This 90 credit course is a more intensive study of the areas covered in the Level 2 RSL course.


Students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of musical activities, which enhance and enrich their learning. These include:

  • Lunchtime concerts, to showcase students' talents to their peers
  • Popular talent shows, during Children In Need and Comic Relief weeks
  • Year 7 College singing group, which meets after school on a Monday
  • Singing for Schools annual Year 7 music event
  • KS3 music club, which takes place after school on a Friday
  • KS4 & 5 recording and performing sessions, Tuesday to Friday after school
  • Opportunities for KS4 and 5 students to perform in and around the city, as part of their practical coursework. In the past, this has included large performances on the main stage on Plymouth Pavilions




Key Stage 4 Child Development

At Sir John Hunt Child Development is an ideal qualification for those students who want a broad background in child care or are considering a career in the care profession. Examples of employment which a qualification in this subject might lead to include:
  • Nursery nursing
  • Social work
  • Care assistant work
  • Working with children
  • Becoming a nurse

The course structure is:

Unit 1 – Internal Assessment: Students will understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to 5 years and they will understand the development of children from birth up to 5 years.

Unit 2 – Written Examination: This module is worth 50% and assessed by a one hour and fifteen minute exam – in year 11.

Within Child Development we aim to develop the students’ skills base so that it is broad and varied and we provide students with the opportunity to experience child care in different settings.