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 human beings and the many factors that affect these. It is particularly suited to those that wish to enter into the caring professions eg; education, social work, nursing, midwifery, nursery nursing, counselling etc. It aims to give students the necessary life skills to make a difference in people’s lives at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

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 Edexcel GCSE Health and Social Care syllabus.

Specification number: 2HS01, 2HS02

Link to the specification website:    HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-GCSES/HEALTH-AND-SOCIAL-CARE-2009.HTML

Unit 1

Unit 2

Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

This unit contains the following topics:

  • Human growth and development
  • Factors affecting human growth and development
  • Effects of relationships on personal growth and development
  • The effect of life events on personal development.

 

Exploring Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

This unit contains the following topics:

  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • How health care, social care and early years services are accessed and the barriers to access
  • How health, social care and early years services are provided
  • Workers in health, social care and early years
  • Care values which underpin service provider interaction.

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

1

Written examination

The exam paper consists of 15 multiple choice questions and a series of short and long answer questions based on case studies.

1 hour 15 mins

40%

2

Investigative course work

This unit is internally and externally assessed through an Edexcel-set task to be completed under controlled conditions.

22.5 hours

60%

 

Additional Information

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

Health and Social Care Revision Clinic is held in Year 11 after school from February half term onwards.

Students research different careers in the Health and Social Care sector as part of the syllabus. If more specific careers support is needed then students can be put in touch with various health care professionals that can assist with this.

How Parents/ Carers can help

It is immensely useful if students regularly read a newspaper or watch the news as there are often issues concerning the health and social care sector mentioned. Television programmes such as 24 Hours in A&E, Embarrassing Bodies, Supersize v Superskinny, One Born Every Minute all make the subject far more relevant to today’s world and give them a key insight into how the health sector works.

Parental support and guidance during their investigative course work is also incredibly useful as they may be basing their case study on a family member and will need as much information as possible.

Parents can also encourage girls to practise past exam papers from the Edexcel website to become familiar with the structure of the paper.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs M Jackson – Head of Health and Social Care

 

Key Stage 5

Health and Social Care

 

Programme of Study

Students follow the WJEC Health and Social Care syllabus.

Specification number: 3621

Link to the specification website:   HTTP://WWW.WJEC.CO.UK/QUALIFICATIONS/HEALTH-AND-SOCIAL-CARE/HEALTH-AND-SOCIAL-CARE-GCE-A-AS/

The Health and Social Care course is suitable for anyone interested in people, their lives and their experiences in society. 

Year 12

Unit 1 Promoting Quality Care and Communication

Factors affecting the quality of life of individuals, Principles of care, Caring skills and techniques, Communication, Barriers to communication and quality care and Rights and responsibilities of providers and individuals

Unit 2 Promoting Good Health

Perspectives of health and well-being, Factors that affect health and well-being, Preventative measures to avoid ill health, Job roles of key workers in health promotion and Techniques used within health promotion

Year 13

Unit 7 Provision of Health, Social Care and Children’s Services

Service provision in the local area, Practitioner roles within multi-disciplinary teams, Meeting individual needs, Quality assurance procedures and Effects of national policy and legislation on service provision

Unit 11 The Role of Complementary Therapies in the Care of Individuals

Definitions of complementary therapies, Classification of complementary and alternative therapies, Meeting the needs of individuals, Settings that provide complementary therapies, Roles of practitioners involved in complementary therapies and Current trends and opinions relating to the use of complementary therapies

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Component

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1 Promoting Quality Care and Communication

 

Written examination

1 hour 30 mins

The exam paper consists of short answer questions, structured questions and free response questions based on case studies.

40% of the AS level

20% of the A-level

Unit 2 Promoting Good Health

 

Internally assessed course work based on health promotion

60% of the AS level

30% of the A-level

Unit 7 Provision of Health, Social Care and Children’s Services

 

Externally assessed course work based on a WJEC set task

20% of the A-level

Unit 11 The Role of Complementary Therapies in the Care of Individuals

 

Internally assessed course work based on an in-depth case study of two individuals who use two differing complementary therapies

 

30% of the A-level

 

Additional Information

Students are expected to base their various pieces of course work on research that has been carried out independently. They may need to organise  work experience in a health and social care setting or need to contact outside organisations to support this

Health and Social Care revision sessions are held in the Easter holidays for Year 12 and 13.

If students have aspirations to follow a career in the health and social care sector, careers interviews can be arranged at school. We also have health care professionals we can put them in touch with for discussions. 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 regularly read a newspaper and watch the news as there are often issues concerning the health and social care sector mentioned. Television programmes such as 24 Hours in A&E, Embarrassing Bodies, Supersize v Superskinny, One Born Every Minute all make the subject far more relevant to today’s world and give them a key insight into how the health sector works.

Parental support and guidance during their course work is also incredibly useful as they may be basing their case study on a family member and will need as much information as possible.

Parents can also encourage girls to practise past exam papers from the WJEC website to become familiar with the structure of the paper.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mrs M Jackson – 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