Health and Social Care

Aims

This subject offers students the opportunity to learn about those around us – the growth and development of the different life stages of humans and the many factors that affect these. It is particularly suited to those that wish to enter into the caring professions e.g.; education, social work, nursing, midwifery, counselling etc. It aims to give students the necessary life skills to make a difference in people’s lives. 

Teaching and Learning

A wide variety of teaching strategies are used in Health and Social care to make the lessons fun, challenging and informative. Individual theory, group work, role-playing and practical sessions, using ICT, research and application to real-life case studies all help make the subject more real for the students. Current health and social care issues in the news are discussed in class to encourage an opinion and provide background knowledge for course work.

Assessment for learning

Students are assessed at regular intervals throughout the year and given both verbal and written feedback according to the task. Pupils are encouraged to self-assess and peer mark work where appropriate, setting individual targets. Chances are given for reflection and improvements to be made to work.    

Home Learning

  • A variety of homework is set on a regular basis to reinforce classroom learning.
  • This may include research, interviews or applying your knowledge to case studies.
  • Show my Homework – all home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

Equipment

All students are expected to have the usual equipment for learning with them.

 

Key Stage 4

Health and Social Care

 

Programme of Study

Students follow the Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care Level 1/2 syllabus.

 

Specification number: ZLX28

 

Link to the specification website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/health-and-social-care.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

 

Accreditation Structure

Component Assessment Length

Weighting

1 Human Lifespan Development Internal 36 GLH 33%
2 Health and Social Care Services and Values Internal 36 GLH 33%
3 Health and Wellbeing External 48 GLH - 2hrs exam 44%

 

Additional Information

There are two assignments attached to each internally assessed component (four in total for the course); as well as an externally assessed exam during year 11.

Students are encouraged to base their investigative course work on a real life service user and are expected to carry out interviews and research in their own time to support this.

Students research different careers in the Health and Social Care sector as part of the course. If more specific careers support is needed then students can contact the careers office for guidance. 

How Parents/ Carers can help

Students are encouraged to stay up to date with current affairs, as there are often issues concerning the health and social care sector; watching the news and reading newspapers are particularly beneficial. Television programmes such as 24 hours in A&E, Ambulance, One Born Every Minute, The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds, 999: ‘What’s your emergency?’ allow students to apply content learnt in lessons, as well as giving them an insight into how the health and social sectors work.

Parental support and guidance during coursework and examination periods is also advantageous.

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?
Miss C Harris – Head of Health and Social Care

 

 

Key Stage 5

Health and Social Care

 

Programme of Study

Students follow the BLANK syllabus.

 

Specification number:

BTEC National Extended Diploma – ZFD13

BTEC National Extended Certificate – ZLX15

 

Link to the specification website: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/health-and-social-care-2016.html

Accreditation Structure

Year 12
Unit Assessment Weighting
Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development External 90 GLH
Unit 3 Anatomy and Physiology for HSC External 120 GLH
Unit 5 Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs Internal 90 GLH
Unit 6 Work Experience in HSC Internal 60 GLH
Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in HSC Internal 90 GLH
Unit 8 Promoting Public Health Internal 90 GLH
Unit 10 Sociological Perspectives Internal 60 GLH

 

Year 13
Unit Assessment Weighting
Unit 2 Working in HSC External 120 GLH
Unit 4 Enquiries into Current Research in HSC External 120 GLH
Unit 12 Supporting Individuals With Additional Needs Internal 60 GLH
Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and Their Care Internal 60 GLH
Unit 17 Caring For Individuals With Dementia Internal 60 GLH
Unit 19 Nutritional Health Internal 60 GLH

 

Additional Information

BTEC National Extended Certificate – equivalent to 1 A-Level (students will complete the units highlighted in bold above).

BTEC National Extended Diploma – equivalent to 3 A-Levels (students will complete all units listed above; and are expected to undertake a 100 hour work experience placement, which is independently organised).

Students are expected to complete research and coursework independently.

Revision sessions are held throughout the course of the year for external assessments.

If students have aspirations to follow a career in the health and social care sector, careers interviews can be arranged. As the students progress into Year 13, they are encouraged to visit universities for open days relevant to their chosen pathway.

 

How Parents/ Carers can help

Students are encouraged to stay up to date with current affairs, as there are often issues concerning the health and social care sector; watching the news and reading newspapers and articles are particularly beneficial. Television programmes such as 24 hours in A&E, Ambulance, One Born Every Minute, The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds, 999: ‘What’s your emergency?’ allow students to apply content learnt in lessons, as well as giving them an insight into how the health sector works.

Parental support and guidance during coursework and examination periods is also advantageous.

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?
Miss C Harris – Head of Health and Social Care
  • The Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Specialist Schools Trust
  • Sport England
  • Church of England Affiliation Scheme
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Healthy Schools
  • LIFE Education
  • Ofsted Good