Health and Creative Studies

Health and Social Studies is an amalgamation of subjects, with health at the heart of all of them. Health and Social 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 & Social Studies

The department consists of: Food (KS3), Catering (KS4), Sociology (KS4 & KS5), Health and Social Care (KS4) and Psychology (KS4 & KS5).

KS3 Catering


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

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 ‘healthy lunch’.

In Year 8 the topic is ‘dinner time’.

KS3 Catering


At KS4 students have the option to continue their study of food by selecting GCSE Catering.

GCSE 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 involves two controlled practical tasks that students will complete during their lessons. One assignment in Year 10 and the other in Year 11. Controlled tasks are internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

Unit 2 is an examination that the students will take during Year 11. Students have the opportunity to cook for themselves, College events and restaurant themed evenings.



GCSE Health and Social Care

GCSE Health and Social Care is an ideal qualification for those pupils who want a broad background in health and social care or are considering a career in the care profession.

Examples of employment which a GCSE in Health and Social Care might lead to include: nursery nursing; social work; care assistant work, working with children, becoming a nurse or GP.

The course structure is:

Unit 1 – Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

This unit is assessed by controlled assessment (60%) – Year 10.

Unit 2 – Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

This module is worth (40%) and assessed by a written examination in Year 11.

Within Health and Social Care we aim to develop the students’ skills base so that it is broad and varied and we provide students with the opportunity to experience health and social care in different settings.

GCSE Health and Social Care


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.


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?

AQA GCSE & A Level Psychology

A Psychology course will help students to develop skills of enquiry, evaluative writing, 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.


Art & Design

Art and DesignArt 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.

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.

Here you see students working during our Activities Week creating animals and insects inspired by life in the tropical rainforest (left).

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.


Clubs & Activities


Students are given opportunities to get involved with a wide range of Clubs and Activities such as:

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

















Design & Technology

As part of the National Curriculum your son/daughter will take a subject called "Design and 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.


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.

Design & TechnologyDesign & Technology

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 & Technology


At Key Stage 3 all students study the following areas of Design and technology:

  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Systems and Control
  • Textiles technology

At Key Stage 4 the students have the option of achieving qualifications in the following subjects:

  • Resistant materials
  • Construction

Design and Technology lessons provide students with the opportunity to solve real design problems from a variety of contexts, including: home, business, recreation and community.

They will acquire a wide range of skills and work in a variety of media, both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional.

They will learn to work to deadlines and within constraints.

They will develop products capable of batch-production and they will learn to work both individually and as a member of a team.



Music is essentially a practical subject and it is hoped that all students gain understanding and enjoyment through a variety of activities.

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 iPads, Taiko drums, guitars and keyboards, as well as the most important instrument of all, the students' own voice.


Students can opt to study a GCSE in Music during Key Stage 4. The Edexcel GCSE qualification is centered around composition, performance and a listening exam. Use of cutting edge music technology is a big part of this course, especially for students who are not yet fully confident with a musical instrument.

There are opportunities for students to continue to study Music at Key Stage 5. The current course on offer is the Rockschool Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. This course is centered around a more intensive study of Performance and Music Technology.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of musical activities to enhance the formal Music curriculum including:

  • Lunchtime concerts, to show case students' talents to their peers
  • Music Technology Club, using our Apple iMacs to make new music
  • Glee Club – College singing group, which meets after school
  • Whole Year-Group singing assemblies
  • Lunchtime Drum Club
  • Friday Rock Club, which meets after school