Health and Social Care

 

To coincide with recent educational reforms, all health and social care qualifications have more of a vocational aspect to them. This allows students to take ownership of their learning and encourages them to be inspired and challenged by linking theory to everyday issues surrounding health, social care and early years education.

Staff

Mrs E Finnemore


Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

Year 10

PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 1/LEVEL 2 FIRST AWARD IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

BTEC Health and Social Care supports students in understanding how humans grow and develop. They will be encouraged to focus on factors such as lifestyle choice and relationships when exploring these areas. The course is equivalent to one GCSE.

There are two core units and two optional units

 

 UNITS

 ASSESSMENT

Core Units

 

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development (Examination)

  • Explore human growth and development across life stages
  • Investigate factors that affect human growth and development and how they are interrelated.

 

50 marks

 

25% of the total BTEC marks

 

1 hour written paper

 

Question Paper: 2 structured questions, each with sub-sections

 

This unit is externally assessed

 

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values

  • Explore the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care
  • Investigate ways of empowering individuals who use health and social care services

 

Each coursework unit is worth 25% of the final mark (75% when combined)

 

Each coursework unit consists of set tasks and are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction

 

Each unit is internally assessed and externally moderated

Optional Units

 

Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing

  • Explore the effects of socialisation on the health and wellbeing of individuals
  • Understand the influences that relationships have on the health and wellbeing  of individuals
  • Investigate the effects of social factors on the health and wellbeing of individuals.

 

Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing

  • Explore the purpose, types and benefits of health promotion
  • Investigate how health risks can be addressed through health promotion.

 

 

Year 11

GCSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE **2015-2017 final certificate date**
This course aims to prepare students with the necessary understanding and awareness needed for further study or work within health, social care and early years education. Students are also encouraged to:

  • Actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent learners
  • Understand aspects of personal development through research, investigation as well as the evaluation of a range of services and organisations
  • Develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social care and early years sectors
  • Examine issues that affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues

Units covered in the specification are both mandatory.

UNITS

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1:  Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision (60% of final grade)

  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • The ways people can obtain services and the possible barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services
  • The types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are organised
  • The principles of care that underpin all care work
  • The main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years services

 

60 marks

 

60% of the total GCSE marks

 

Controlled assessment task

 

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated

Unit 2: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships (40% of final grade)

  • The stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • The different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • The development of self-concept and different types of relationships
  • Major life changes and sources of support

 

60 marks

 

40% of the total GCSE marks

 

1 hour written paper

 

Question Paper: 4 questions Candidates answer all questions

 

This unit is externally assessed

 

Key Stage 5: Years 12 and 13

BTECHSC offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge surrounding human growth and development as well as providing a vocational perspective on how the sector caters for the needs of the individual.

Year 12

PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Over the course of two years, students will undertake four units, three of which are mandatory and one which is optional.  The course is equivalent to one A Level

Exam/Coursework Breakdown:

Mandatory Units

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

Students cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: External – 1.5 hour written examination (90 marks) set and marked by Pearson

 

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

Students explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: External – 1.5 hour written examination (80 marks) set and marked by Pearson

 

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Need

Students focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Mandatory Synoptic – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

Optional Unit

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Students explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Optional Synoptic – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

 

Year 13

PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 3 SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (QCF)**2015-2017 final certificate date**

Over the course of two years, students will undertake six units, three of which are mandatory and three of which are optional.  The course is worth a total of 60 credits and is equivalent to one A Level

 

Exam/Controlled Assessment Breakdown:

 

Mandatory Units

Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Students understand effective communication, the barriers that may exist and ways to overcome these. The unit will also give learners the opportunity to gain the interpersonal skills needed to embark on a career within the health or social care sectors.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Coursework Unit – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

Develops students understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. Learners will be able to gain knowledge of discriminatory practice and means of combatting this. They will also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care settings.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Coursework Unit – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

Students gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. They will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to deal with incidents and emergencies in a health and social care environment.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Coursework Unit – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

Optional Units

Unit 4: Development Through the Life Stages

Students gain knowledge and understanding of the different stages throughout the human lifespan. Learners will be able to develop an understanding of both the physical and psychological changes of ageing and be able to apply theories of ageing to health and social care provision.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Coursework Unit – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

Unit 5: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

Students understand aspects of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems. Learners will be able to gain an overview of the organisation of the human body before looking at how body systems work together to provide energy for the body. Learners will have the opportunity to investigate how homeostatic mechanisms operate in the body.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Coursework Unit – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

Unit 10: Caring for Children and Young People

Students consider the type of care provided for children who may need to be looked after. They will be able to gain an understanding of the risks to children and young people of abusive and exploitative behaviour and the strategies used to safeguard them from this behaviour.

 

ASSESSMENT Type: Coursework Unit – internally assessed and externally moderated

 

 

CACHE LEVEL 3 CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION (EYE)

The Technical Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education prepares learners to progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education and then on to theLevel 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). All three levels enable students to gain classroom based knowledge and when teamed with practical experience, will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years.

In total, there are 15 units, all of which are mandatory and taught holistically. In order for students to achieve the Technical Level 3 Diploma, there are TWO externally set and externally assessed synoptic assessments, one covering the contents of units 1-7 (CCE1) and one covering units 9-14 (DCE2).

Units/Topics covered by the qualification:

Year 12

  • Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Children’s health and wellbeing
  • Providing safe environments for children
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning

Year 13

  • Emergent Literacy
  • Emergent Mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice for professional development
  • Professional partnerships in Early Years

*A DBS Check is also a mandatory requirement of the course

*Subject to criminal record check. 

***Paid for by 6th form

ASSESSMENT

A professional portfolio will also be built up over the two years and will consist of observations, witness statements and placement hours.

Internal assignments

Units are assessed internally and marked by the school and externally verified by CACHE.

  • Unit assessments for units 1–14must be achieved at pass grade D or above.
  • The unit assessment for Unit 16must be achieved at a ‘Pass’ grade.

External assessments

The external assessments are:

  • Certificate assessment– CCE1; contributes 30% towards the final qualification grade for the Certificate
  • Diploma assessment– DCE2; CCE1 and DCE2 contribute 30.8% towards the final qualification grade for the Diploma

**There is a maximum of two opportunities for learners to attempt each assignment (unit 1 to 14) and each external assessment, in order to achieve a Pass grade or to improve a grade.