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    Health and Social Care

    Health and Social Care is the study of client needs and provision for those needs in care settings. Care settings include day centres, clinics, hospital care and residential care homes.

    Health and Social Care is a vocational subject and much of the taught theory is applied to real life issues. Students will complete written work, role plays, discussions and practical demonstrations as part of the course at every level. In addition to this, dedicated study and revision towards the examined units within Health and Social Care courses is expected from all students. Work experience in a care setting is recommended and is an essential part of the Level 3 Diploma course in sixth form.

    Health and Social Care is part of the Religion and Social Science Faculty. Students receive three lessons a week during their three years of KS4. Sixth form students receive six or twelve lessons a week depending on which course they choose.

    Key Stage 4

    The Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care course (worth the equivalent of one GCSE) is available as an option in academic vocational band. It is studied as a three year course. The syllabus fosters a basic knowledge of Health and Social Care issues as well as skills including an application of different forms of communication, the care value base and health promotion activities. In addition to this, students will develop extended writing and evaluation skills needed for success at the external exam.

    There are 4 units of study:

    Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development. This is assessed by external exam consisting of short answer questions and is worth 30 credits.

    Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values. This is assessed by coursework tasks and is worth 30 credits.

    Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care. This is assessed by coursework tasks and is worth 30 credits.

    Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing. This is assessed by coursework tasks and is worth 30 credits.

    At the end of the course students are awarded with either a Pass (equivalent to GCSE grade C), a Merit (equivalent to GCSE grade B) or a Distinction (equivalent to GCSE grade A) and Distinction Star (equivalent to GCSE grade a*).

    Sixth Form

    There are two Pearson BTEC Health and Social Care qualifications available in the sixth form. Both provide a foundation in the key issues of health and social care. Both courses are vocational and have applications to real world care settings. From September 2016, external examinations are a key part of the BTEC Level 3 course. External assessments ensure that the qualifications studied prepare students for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to the Health and Social Care sector.

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

    The Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (360 Guided Learning Hours) is a two year course that results in the equivalent of one A Level qualification. Students will spend six lessons a week completing this course. Students are required to complete coursework style tasks for each unit of work to complete a portfolio of evidence. The evidence can include extended writing, vocational context material such as leaflets or training manuals and witness statements from role plays and discussions. In addition to this, students will develop extended writing and evaluation skills needed for success at the external exam.

    The mandatory units for the Extended Certificate are:

    Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam)

    Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)

    Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework)

    The optional unit for the Extended Certificate is:

    Unit 14: Physiological Disorders in Health and Social Care (Coursework)

    On successful completion of the course students receive one of four available grades: Pass (equivalent to a grade E at A Level), Merit (equivalent to a grade C at A Level), Distinction (equivalent to a grade A at A Level) or a Distinction Star (equivalent to a grade A* at A Level).

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care

    The National Diploma in Health and Social Care (720 Guided Learning Hours) is a two year course that results in the equivalent of two A Level qualifications. Students will spend twelve lessons a week completing this course. Students are required to complete coursework style tasks for each unit of work to complete a portfolio of evidence. The evidence can include extended writing, vocational context material such as leaflets or training manuals and witness statements from role plays and discussions. In addition to this, students will develop extended writing, evaluation and research skills needed for success at the external exams.

    The mandatory units for the National Diploma are:

    Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Exam)

    Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)

    Unit 4: Enquires into Current Research in Health and Social Care (Externally set research task)

    Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (Coursework)

    Unit 7: Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (Coursework)

    Unit 8: Promoting Public Health (Coursework)

    The optional units for the National Diploma are:

    Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care (Coursework)

    Unit 14: Physiological Disorders in Health and Social Care (Coursework)

    On successful completion of the course students receives two grades. These can be a combination of the following grades: Pass (equivalent to a grade E at A Level), Merit (equivalent to a grade C at A Level), Distinction (equivalent to a grade A at A Level) or a Distinction Star (equivalent to a grade A* at A Level).

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    The Health and Social Care department invites guest speakers into school to share their experience of working in the Health and/or Social Care sector. There is a dedicated team of staff who run after school support/catch up sessions throughout the year to ensure all students can work on tasks and revise for their external exams. The department organises external visits that will provide students with the experiences and knowledge needed for success with their studies.

    Facilities

    The Health and Social Care department is part of the Religion and Social Science faculty. The faculty has 11 dedicated classrooms, two of which are computer rooms. The faculty also has a laptop trolley with 15 laptops to ensure IT access is sufficient for Health and Social Care students.

    Work Experience

    All Year 12 students attend work experience placements for a week in June each year. Health and Social Care students on the National Diploma course attend placement for two weeks to ensure they complete the hours needed for their Unit 6 coursework.