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Health & Social Care

Introduction

The qualifications provide students with the opportunity to gain vocational qualifications at both Level 2 (KS4) and Level 3 (KS5).

The Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care gives an introduction to the health and social care sectors for students in years 9, 10 and 11. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years and will give students the knowledge and understanding of the different settings that people might access, as well as knowledge of development and well-being at different lifestages, needed for working with a variety of people at all age ranges. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to health and social care as it gives learners an insight into careers across the sectors. The Technical Award is included on the Department for Education’s 14-16 Performance Table. To prepare learners for their level 2 studies, year 9 learners complete a short unit of work to give them a better understanding of underpinning aspects of health and social care. This includes equality and diversity and the need for health and safety and safeguarding.

The Level 3 Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care gives a more detailed and first-hand experience of the health and social care sectors for students in year 12 and 13. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 16 years and will give students the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development needed for working with people in a variety of different health and social care settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to health and or social care to understand how to reduce the barriers for people and to create safe, equal and supportive environments when working for individual needs. A mandatory work placement is included as part of their learning during the time in sixth form on this course. The Technical Certificate is included on the Department for Education’s 16-18 Performance Table.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

Unit 1:

This unit provides learners with a broad and in-depth knowledge base providing the opportunity to explore the health and social care sector. Areas that must be included are:

  • types of provision: function and purpose
  • job roles of health and social care practitioners
  • access/referral procedures
  • ever-changing care needs
  • formal and informal care provision
  • regulation and inspection

Unit 2:

This unit provides a broad, in-depth knowledge base from which learners can explore working practice in health and social care. Areas that must be included are:

  • responsibilities, skills, behaviours and attributes of health and social care practitioners
  • professional practice
  • professional development
  • legal frameworks, values and guidance
  • components of person-centred practice
  • teamwork and partnership working
  • career pathways

Unit 3:

This unit provides breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in relation to human growth and development through the life stages. Areas that must be included are:

  • stages of development from conception to birth
  • potential effects on development of pre-conception experiences, pre-birth experiences and during birth experiences life stages: 
    • infancy
    • childhood
    • adolescence
    • early, middle and late adulthood
  • holistic development
  • theoretical perspectives
  • factors impacting on human growth and development
  • transition and significant life events across life stages
  • the role of care planning in relation to meeting individual needs and promoting well-being

‘Unit 4’

This unit is an externally assessed short answer exam that is comprised of the content of units 1-3 allowing learners to apply their learning to a scenario that develops throughout the exam.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop skills in:

  • Identifying and addressing the needs of people
  • Planning and developing
  • Evaluation and analysis
  • Preparing resources based on learning styles to improve study
How will I be assessed?

Unit 1, 2 and 3 will be assessed through coursework written assignment that are subject to both internal and external quality assurance. ‘Unit 4’, the final unit, will be externally assessed through a scenario based short answer examination.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview 

Key Stage 5 

What do I need to study this course?

The entry requirements for this course are 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.

Is this course for me?

This course develops the skills and knowledge required for those who wish to pursue a career in health and social care. You will enjoy work experience in carefully selected placements and study units covering different aspects within this field. Some of the core units studied are Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care, Equality and Diversity and Infection Prevention and Control. This course is for you if you want to develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of safeguarding children and adults and working within health and social care.

Where will this course take me?

Health and Social Care students go on to further study at universities such as Liverpool, Chester and Edge Hill studying nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy, whilst many also progress to careers in social work, teaching or criminal justice.

What will I learn?

Year 1

Equality, diversity and rights – you will look at how they are promoted through legislation in Health and Social Care settings

Human growth and development – you will look at how we develop throughout the lifestages.

Safeguarding in Health and Social Care – you will look at how we keep individuals and practitioners safe.

Communication in Health and Social Care – you will look at the use of communication and theorists perspectives on communication in health and social care settings.

Infection Prevention and Control in Health and Social Care – you will look at microbiological organisms and how they are transmitted while keeping safe individuals who may be vulnerable to infection.

Year 2

Psychological perspectives in Health and Social Care – you will look at the role of psychology and psychologists in health and social care including theories and theorists.

Sociological perspectives in Health and Social Care - you will look at the sociological approach to human behaviour and models of health.

Working in Health and Social Care – you will look at professional standards and codes of practice and the roles and responsibilities of practitioners in national and local healthcare provision.

Reflective practice – you will look at how reflective practice supports the professional development of practitioners using models of reflection to assess and plan for own development

How will I be assessed?

9 written coursework units, assessed internally and externally moderated.

1 controlled assessment, assessed externally.

FURTHER INFORMATION

See Mrs Dempsey

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview