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Health and Social Care

GCSE Health and Social Care is a good starting point for all kinds of jobs, eg. nurse, dental nurse, nanny, doctor, religious minister, youth worker, social work, care assistant, teacher, optician, radiographer, midwife, dietician, physiotherapist, paramedic, and many more.

We provide a varied and stimulating range of learning activities. Research will take place, using computers to access information/data and to complete assignments.

 

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 Curriculum Leader

Visiting speakers will also come in to school to enhance the course. Much of what you do will need to be undertaken by you, independently of your teacher, and your grade very much depends on your levels of commitment and interest.

This course will appeal to you if you:

  • want to learn about health and social care in the media
  • are keen and interested in health and social care services and how they operate
  • enjoy studying a course which is relevant to life and experiences encountered by yourself and others
  • want to find out more about health and social care through personal investigation
  • are interested in finding out about what affects health
  • want to move on to a career or further education in this area
  • want to follow an active and interesting course
  • want to build up a qualification through studying individual units
  • want to follow a course that has portfolio and examination work.

If you are interested in working with people, this may be the course for you. Some students already have an interest in working with the sick, the elderly, children, or want to care for and help others. The GCSE in Health and Social Care gives you the background knowledge and develops the skills needed by anybody considering working with people. 

Technical Award Health and Social Care KS4

(For leavers up to 2018)

Exam Board:

Edexcel Pearson

Qualification:

Technical Award (BTEC) Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

Assessment:

Controlled assessment 75%

Examination 25%

Outline of course content:

You will learn and use a variety of skills on the course that are in great demand and highly valued by employers and colleges. These include using data, communicating findings, and developing links between different parts of the subject.

 

Outline of course structure:

Unit A - Human Lifespan and Development

External examination:

How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can factors, such as lifestyle choices, relationships, and life events, affect your growth development? This unit will provide you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives, and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development. You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated.

 

Unit B - Health and Social Care Values

Internal assessment:

What is good practice in health and social care? What ensures that good practice is applied to support individuals who use health and social care services? Health and social care values underpin good practice within the sector. These care values apply to all areas of health and social care work. In this unit you will gain an understanding of how these care values are applied in health and social care settings, and their importance to work in the sector.

 

Unit C - The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Internal assessment:

Have you considered the effects of what you eat on your health and wellbeing? In this unit you will explore what a balanced diet is and its effects on the body, for example in raising immunity to infection and improving concentration. You will also explore what is meant by an unbalanced diet and how this may lead to various types of ill health.

 

Unit D - Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Internal assessment:

How can we improve the health and wellbeing of the nation? What are the benefits of doing so? Being healthy can mean different things to different people. Many injuries and diseases can be prevented if people make healthy lifestyle choices and know how to reduce risks to their health. This unit will explore some of the reasons why health-promotion work both for individuals and for the health and wellbeing of the nation as a whole.

 

Technical Award Health and Social Care KS4

(For leavers 2018 onwards)

Exam Board:

AQA

Qualification:

Lever 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care

Assessment:

Controlled assessment 60%

Examination 40%

Outline of course content:

This course is suitable for those who are interested in understanding how health and social care works. You will gain an understanding of health, social, and early years care within our society, and have the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a practical and realistic manner with a view to a career in health and social care. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

The Technical Award in Health and Social Care will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of:

  • the stages and patterns of human growth and development
  • expected development at each life stage
  • life events
  • sources of support/services for life events
  • roles of professionals from the sectors who are involved in supporting life events
  • definitions of health and wellbeing
  • factors influencing health and wellbeing

Outline of course structure:

Unit 1 - Improving the wellbeing of an individual (30% - internal assessment): Have you considered the effects of what you eat on your health and wellbeing? The amount of exercise you do each week? The impact of smoking and alcohol on the body? In this unit, you will explore the factors that can affect someone's health both positively and negatively and how this may lead to, or prevent, various types of ill health. You will choose a client and carry out a range of testing techniques to measure and evaluate their health, and then produce, implement, and review a plan that will aim to make lifestyle changes that could improve their health. You will then review and evaluate the impact this plan has had on your client.

 

Unit 2 - Promoting healthy living (30% - internal assessment): How can we improve the health and wellbeing of the nation? What are the benefits of doing so? Being healthy can mean different things to different people. Many injuries and diseases can be prevented if people make healthy lifestyle choices and know how to reduce risks to their health. This unit will explore some of the reasons why health promotion activities are carried out, and the benefits of health promotion work both for individuals and for the health and wellbeing of the nation as a whole. You will research health promotion campaigns and develop a small-scale health promotion campaign of your choice.

 

Unit 3: Development through the life stages (40% - external assessment): How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices, relationships, and life events affect your growth and development? This unit will provide you with the opportunity to explore how we grow and develop throughout our lives, and to investigate the factors that affect this growth and development. You will go on to consider how these factors are interrelated.

Careers using Health & Social Care

Health and Social care includes a range of jobs caring for a range of people such as the elderly, children, and those with special needs. Care is often provided to people experiencing problems with their health.
 
A Health and Social Care qualification is often a starting point for those wanting to undertake the following roles. Please remember that some of the careers below require applicants to gain further qualifications and specialist training. The Level 2 qualification available in Years 10 and 11 is often a starting point for further training.
 
Nursing: This can include specialisms in adult, children, and mental health.  It may also include specialisms in health visitor and midwifery. Career development to work in theatre nurse, A&E, and community work is also possible.
 
Ambulance Service: Depending on your qualifications and experience, roles with the ambulance service include ambulance care assistant, emergency care assistant, and paramedic.
 
Health Care Assistant: Residential and nursing homes provide opportunities for those interested in working with the elderly.  These roles often include providing general personal and social care to ensure residents are looked after. This can include bathing, cleaning, feeding residents as well as arranging social activities.
 
Support worker: Individual care is often provided to people with various needs. This can include the elderly, those with special educational needs, physical disabilities, health problems, and additional learning needs. This can be provided by Local Authorities, schools, charities, or paid for by an individual.
 
Dental work: Dental nurses and support staff work within a dental practice to assist the dentist.

Progression:

Lots of sixth orms and colleges offer Level 3 Extended Siplomas in Health and Social Care. These are equivalent to three A-Levels. Level 3 subsidiary (equivalent to 1 A-Level) and diplomas (equivalent to two A-Levels) are also available. Both of these may be combined with A-Level subjects to create a full time timetable.  It is also possible to enter an apprenticeship or employment opportunity where NVQ Level 3 training in HSC or Care training will be available.
 
A Level 3 qualification in HSC can be used to meet the entry requirements for many Higher Education courses, such as nursing, midwifery, and paramedic training.