Health and Social Care
Statements of Intent:
- About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, which is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people. The demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase. Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS5 curriculum, which gives learners, access and progress to vocational opportunities and qualifications beyond Sixth Form. This course will also develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation, empathy, reflective practice, independent learning and research skills.
- Learners will study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to old age, and the social and environmental factors that may affect this.
- Learners will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy through various case studies. Learners will understand how people adapt to these changes and the local and national health care and social care support that is available for them.
- Learners will also benefit from guest speakers from their local community and beyond. Learners may be given the opportunity to visit and take part in work experience (Y12) in a variety of setting such as SEN schools, medical facilities and nursing homes. It will also be an intention to raise student aspirations by developing key links with universities for all students. Learners will also be able to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from other GCSE and A Level subjects where relevant, such as Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Law/Politics, RS, PSCHEE and PE. Learners can use the knowledge and skills from their post 16 courses generally, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts.
Key Stage 3
Neither Health and Social Care or Child Development are currently offered at Key Stage 3.
Key Stage 4
Students will follow the Edexcel GCSE Child Development Syllabus.
Key Stage 5
Students can opt to follow the AQA syllabus to either or both AS and A2. Students will develop research skills, evaluation and problem solving skills through the portfolio elements and independent study requirements. The students will submit 3 portfolios for AS and 1 portfolio or exams at A2 which will be chosen from a list of available topics.
Typically, students of Health and Social Care will complete some work experience alongside their academic studies; visits to health and community organisations, industries or businesses to gain some practical experience of the skills, techniques, processes and equipment used; students will find out about what people do at work and have discussions with care professionals and service users.