Welcome to the Health and Social Care Department
The health and social care, and more recently childcare, departments offer a broad, inclusive and balanced curriculum. Delivered in KS4 and KS5, there are a range of choices offering both level 2 and 3 qualifications including the technical diploma in children’s play, learning and development which incorporates a strong vocational element requiring students to attend a work placement for a whole day each week. The progression to further education or the world of work is clear to all students and the focus within the department has always been one of support and encouragement with strong links with the careers department in the academy.
Complimenting other subjects within the school community, students will experience and study a vast range of Health and Social Care topic areas requiring them to demonstrate maturity and respect for others. Coupled with high expectations means students will aspire to excellence and will hopefully become confident and fully prepared to manage their emotions for the many challenges and opportunities they face in their future
Equality of Opportunity not only underpins much of the course content but is part of the ethos of the department as we do not discriminate in any way which gives rise to a wide range of abilities and results. The courses are reviewed each year, with a questionnaires issued upon completion of BTEC qualifications. These questionnaires are acted upon and changes made if required to meet the needs of the students.
Students learn how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to later adulthood, the factors that may affect this, such as predictable and unpredictable life events. Students will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy and applying knowledge through the use of case studies. The curriculum allows students to secure skills for their own social development, through cultural capital content which demonstrates how people are individual and can adapt to changes using local and national health and social care support.
Component 1: Study of human growth and development through the life stages. Practice assessment
Factors and life events influencing growth and development and Support systems to help cope with change Practice assessment
Pearson set assignment 1 released January. Completed in exam conditions, worth 30% final grade. 6 – 8 weeks for completion & resubmission
Finalising assignment and uploading of PSA1 scores Component 2: Working in Health and Social care. Study of services and disorders Barriers to accessing services Practice assessment
Study of skills, attributes and values essential to working in the sector. Obstacles to accessing / complying with treatment. Practice assessment
Pearson set assignment 2 released September. Completed in exam conditions, worth 30% final grade. 6 – 8 weeks for completion & resubmission
Finalising assignment and uploading of PSA2 scores. Component 3: Health and wellbeing: revision of factors influencing health and wellbeing from component 1 (year 10)
Physiological and lifestyle indicators. Person centerd approach Practice questions
Barriers and obstacles to following recommendations for change. Practice questions In class Mock paper (March / April)
Revision Final exam (40%) May
The specification document for this course can be found below:
|Year 12 Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development (exam)
|Study of human growth and development through the life stages. Theories of growth and development
|Nature Nurture debate Factors and life events influencing growth and development
|Physical and psychological impact of ageing Theories of ageing Mock exam
|Revision Practice papers
|Study / exam skills Revision Unit 1 exam May
|Introduction to unit 2 Overview of exam structure. Roles and responsibilities of professionals
|Year 12 Unit 5: Meeting Individual Needs (coursework)
|Anti-discriminatory practice, promoting diversity Specific challenges and how to overcome (communication etc.) Coursework completion
|6 C’s Skills and attributes Legislation Ethical theories Empathy theories Coursework completion
|Multi-disciplinary teamworking Coursework completion
|Management of information – confidentiality Coursework completion
|Final opportunity to submit coursework
|Introduction to unit 14. Research & choice of physiological disorder to be made
|Year 13 Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (exam)
|Regulatory bodies Empowerment & support Policies Advocacy
|Anti-discriminatory practice Practice Papers Mock exam
|External exam January
|Unit 14 Learning Aim D Care planning Final grading of coursework and external verification process.
|Year 13 Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and Their Care (Coursework)
|Overview of two chosen disorders, Signs and symptoms, impact on body systems, impact on PIES
|Physiological measurements Investigations and diagnosis of two chosen disorders
|Treatment and care of two disorders
Extra Curricular Activities and Clubs
We encourage all students to participate in the extra-curricular programme we offer. Our clubs and activities are designed to be inclusive for all; the broad range on offer ensures that there is something for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to get involved with. We regularly review our offer to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.
The extra-curriculum clubs and activities for the current (and previous) academic term can be found by visiting the link below.
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.