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Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

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"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".  World Health Organisation, 1948.

KS4 Curriculum

  • BTEC First  Award in Health and Social Care, examination board Edexcel.  Course content includes:
  • Human Lifespan Development

    •Human growth and development

    •Factors affecting growth and development

    •Different types of life event

    •Coping with change caused by life events 

    Health and Social Care Services and Values

    •Health and social care services

    •Barriers to accessing services

    •Care values and application of care values 

    Health and Wellbeing

    •Health indicators

    •Health and wellbeing improvement plan

    •How to overcome obstacles related to health and wellbeing 

    Assessment Scheme and Structure:

    This course is suitable for learners who prefer an applied style of learning. 60% of the final grade is assessed through coursework and 40% through an externally set exam.

    Each of the 3 units is graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* and the students’ final grade is determined as an aggregate of scores over the 3 units. 

    Future Pathways: ·

    Prepare you for progression to employment and/or further training in the health, social care and early year’s sectors through the development of knowledge, skills and understanding needed for work in these sectors. ·The course gives a good starting point for jobs in care such as nursing, social work and working with children. ·

    You may wish to progress to BTEC level 3 Health and Social Care in sixth form ·BTEC Tech Health and Social Care can also lead to studying A Levels in Psychology or Sociology. 

KS5 Curriculum

To study Health and Social Care from entry to Level 3 and CACHE Childcare from Level 1 to advanced levels.

  • You will learn
  • To develop skills required for employment in the caring professions.
  • To gain an understanding of Health, Social Care and Early Years environments.
  • To gain skills in planning, evaluating and presenting ideas.
  • To develop skills in working with people, problem solving and meeting deadlines.
Extended Certificate in Health and Social care you will study 4 units.There are 2 exam unitsHuman Life span Development and Working in health and social careand complete 2 written assignments Diploma In health and social care You will complete all units in the extended certificate and in addition will complete an additional 3 written assignments. You will complete a research task which will be submitted to the exam board.You will also complete 100 hours of work placement.

What our students say:

‘It’s a topical subject that is relevant to the world today. ‘Staff are very supportive’‘I learnt new skills on placement and you get a chance to learn a lot of new techniques’