Health and Social Care



Essential textbook to read/purchase: The following books are designed to cover the required knowledge for the latest specification. They are general textbooks that vary in depth according to the topic being covered.

Flanagan C., Berry D., Jarvis M., and Liddle R. (2015) BTEC National Health and Social Care Student Book 1: For the 2016 specifications  - This is the text book we will use in class when needed.

Extended/Wider Reading, including interesting novels relating to Health & Social Care:

All of these are fiction texts that deal with issues related closely to the content of your Health & Social Care course (e.g. the diaries of a junior doctor, dementia, living with a life-changing illness, become attached to your patients as a social worker, life in a psychiatric hospital). 


  1. ‘Regeneration’ – Pat Barker 
  2. ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ – Ken Kesey 
  3. ‘Faces in the Water’ – Janet Frame 
  4. ‘The Bell Jar’ – Sylvia Plath 
  5. ‘The Quickening Maze’ – Adam Foulds 
  6. ‘Cutting for Stone’ – Abraham Verghese 
  7. ‘The Memory of Love’ – Aminatta Forna 
  8. ‘The English Patient’ – Michael Ondaatje 
  9. ‘Middlemarch’ – George Eliot 
  10. ‘The Magic Mountain’ – Thomas Mann 
  11. ‘No Child of Mine’ – Susan Lewis 
  12. ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ – Emma Healy 
  13. ‘The Fault in our Stars’ – John Green 
  14. ‘This is Going to Hurt’ – Adam Kay