Health and Social Care

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Welcome to the Health and Social Care Department

AIMS AND VALUES
  • To stimulate student awareness, interest and engagement in all matters which have an impact on their growth, development, health and wellbeing.
  • To enable students to be familiar with the knowledge, skills, and values connected to care provision in the UK
  • To develop their confidence and communication skills through role play and discussion of key topics
  • To provide St Johns Ambulance certificated first aid training to all Key stage 4 & 5 who opt in to the subject.

Resources and Facilities
Resources and Facilities

Currently we have a dedicated classroom which has a projector and audio capabilities. We also have 15 laptops.

Resources for all key stages can be located on our Learning Web which is available in and out of the Academy premises. It is very well organised to allow students to find the exact resource they need quickly and efficiently.

We run a gifted and talented club each week with a variety of projects based on the interests and wishes of our students.

KS4 Stucture
OCR CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL LEVEL 1/2

This course provides students with an introduction to key topics, issues and legislation that it is important to be aware of in health, social care and early year’s settings.
The four separate areas covered (units) are:

  • RO21: Essential Values of Care for use with Individuals in Care Settings
  • RO22: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
  • RO29: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health
  • RO31: Using basic first aid procedures
ASSESSMENT

75% of the qualification is assessed by coursework that is set and marked by our teachers. This will be done throughout the two-year course.
The course has one external exam paper (Unit R021) worth 25% of the total marks. This is completed at the end of year 10 enabling opportunity for resit whilst still completing the course.
The course is graded based on achievement across all 4 units, each of which must be completed to a minimum level 1 Pass. Grades accessible are:

Level 2

  • Distinction*
  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass

Level 1

  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass
EXTRA-CURRICULAR

We offer opportunities to gain guidance from our specialist staff at all lunchtimes and in after school intervention sessions which run every Tuesday.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

This course is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a career in Nursing, Midwifery, primary school teaching, social work or any other allied professions

This is a two year course.

There are 4 units (360 GLH) 3 of which are Mandatory and 1 optional.

2 are externally assessed (exam) and 2 are assessed ‘in school’ (coursework) but will be externally verified at the end of the course

Successful completion of this course will provide an equivalent of 1 A level A* - E

However, it is graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit & Pass

The St Johns Ambulance First Aid day course is completed in either year 12 or 13

COURSE STRUCTURE

YEAR 1/YEAR 12

Students complete;

  • Human Lifespan Development (Exam sat in May – 90GLH)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework – 90GLH)

YEAR 2/ YEAR 13
Students complete

  • Working in Health and Social Care (Exam sat in January – 120GLH)
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care (coursework – 60GLH)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You would benefit from having one or more of the following:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 9 - 4
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care
  • An interest in pursuing a career in the sector
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

The course builds on the ‘extended certificate’ and is highly valued by further education providers for students applying for nursing, midwifery, primary school teaching, social work or any other allied professions e.g. paramedic science, speech and language therapy etc.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course includes the units carried out for the extended certificate and lessons for those units completed together with single award students. There are four additional units, two of which will be completed with year 13 in year 1 and with year 12 in year 2. There is a further externally assessed task and 3 further coursework units.

Successful completion of this course will provide an equivalent of 2 A levels A* - E

YEAR 1/ YR 12

Students are taught;

  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care (coursework – 90GLH)
  • Nutritional Health (coursework – 60GLH)

YEAR 2/ YR 13

  • Enquiries into current research in Health and Social Care (External task sat in January – 120GLH)
  • Public Health (coursework – 90GLH)
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You would benefit from having one or more of the following:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 9 - 4
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care
  • An interest in pursuing a career in the sector
BTEC Level 2 Childrens Play, Learning and Development
BTEC LEVEL 2 CHILDRENS PLAY, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER)

This course is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a career in childcare. It can be taken alongside resit English / maths or alongside 1 or 2 A-Levels. It is designed for students who are not planning to go to university

This is a two year course and incorporates one day a week (or equivalent) on work experience placement and where possible this will be at the Ofsted rated Outstanding nursery attached to the school.

There are 7 units, all of which are Mandatory and 1 optional.

2 are externally assessed (exam) and the remaining 5 are internally assessed and will consist of workplace journal, observations and practical assessments on placement by nursery or teaching staff. There will be some additional coursework and it will all be internally assessed but will be externally verified at the end of the course

Successful completion of this course will provide an equivalent of 2 GCSE’s graded Distinction*, Distinction, Merit & Pass

The St Johns Ambulance First Aid day course is completed in either year 12 or 13

COURSE STRUCTURE

YEAR 1/ YR 12

Students are taught;

  • Child Development from Birth up to 5 years (Exam sat in May)

YEAR 2/ YR 13

  • Policy and Practice for Working in Early Years (Exam sat in Jan)
  • Developing Professional Practice in Early Years Settings

All other units are completed across both years:

  • Developing Professional Practice Skills for Work in Early Years Settings
  • Supporting Children’s Physical Care Needs in Early Years Settings
  • Supporting Children’s Learning Through Play
  • Supporting Children’s Communication, Literacy and Language Development

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • An interest in pursuing a career in the sector
  • No specific academic achievement at GCSE required.
Learning at Home
Supporting Learning at Home

KS4 and KS5 students have access to an archive of past examination papers and marks schemes
KS5 students are provided with Time match booklets to supported their exam unit learning outside of lessons. These are issued each term and reflect topics covered in school.
Coursework units have strict deadlines which must be met. It is imperative that students continue to complete this outside of lessons in order to achieve the higher grades.
We offer opportunities to use our facilities outside lessons during lunchtimes and after school every Tuesday.
We also recommend students use USB pen storage devices to transport work to and from the Academy.
Saving work in more than one place is also advised when completing coursework as it should always be available digitally, across the two years of the course, for external verification purposes.

Career Pathway

BTEC LEVEL 2 CHILDRENS PLAY, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER)
This course is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a career in childcare. It can be taken alongside resit English / maths or alongside 1 or 2 A-Levels. It is designed for students who are not planning to go to university

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
This course is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a career in Nursing, Midwifery, primary school teaching, social work or any other allied professions

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
The course builds on the ‘extended certificate’ and is highly valued by further education providers for students applying for nursing, midwifery, primary school teaching, social work or any other allied professions e.g. paramedic science, speech and language therapy etc.

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