Curriculum

Health and Social Care

This GCSE course prepares you with a work related qualification in Health and Social care. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study the subject post sixteen.

Health&SocialCare

The health and social care sector employs some of the most talented and brilliant people the country has to offer. The NHS, as the main employer, has a continual need for doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and support staff, and there are further opportunities to work in social care, educational settings (child minders/ nurseries/ primary schools) and residential care homes. This subject offers a relevant start if you are interested in a career in the caring professions. It is also a NEW subject for all of you.

Aims
  • To understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.
  • To actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent students
  • To develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors.
  • To examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life.

The course is designed to:

  • Provide students with an overview of Health Care, Social Care and Early Years Provision.
  • Give students the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding at GCSE level.
  • Equip students with some of the skills they will need in the work place or in further education or training.

To complete this course student will study the following two units.

 

Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

This unit contains the following four topics:

  • Human growth and development of people from the 6 life stages including:
    Infancy (0-2 years)
    Early childhood (3-8 years)
    Adolescence (9-18 years)
    Early adulthood (19-45 years)
    Middle adulthood (46-65 years)
    Later adulthood (65+ years)
  • Factors affecting human growth and development
  • Effects of relationships on personal growth and development
  • The effect of life events on personal development.

Overview of Assessment for this Unit:

This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 15-minute written examination paper which has a total of 70 marks. It accounts for 40% of your final GCSE grade.

The paper consists of 15 multiple-choice questions and a series of questions based on case studies and short scenarios.

Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision

This unit contains the following five topics:

  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • How health care, social care and early years services are accessed and the barriers to access
  • How health, social care and early years services are provided
  • Workers in health, social care and early years
  • Care values used by workers in health, social care and early years settings.

Overview of Assessment for this Unit:

This unit will be assessed under controlled conditions. Students will produce an assignment which will be based on an investigation of the needs of one service user (a chosen individual) and how these needs are met by a chosen service provider (nursery, primary school, health care setting or residential care home). It accounts for 60% of your final GCSE grade.