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Curriculum Mission Statement

This course offers students a unique opportunity to discover the key principles and values that underpin Health, Social Care and Early Years professions.

Health and Social Care promotes the understanding of many important issues faced within today’s health and social care system. It is an academic subject that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for further study and work in the sector by looking into key areas such as legislation changes, barriers that people in society may face, major life changes and their effects on people’s self-esteem.

Students will not only develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the world of health, social care and early years; they will also have the opportunity to apply their learning in a practical and realistic way. Each unit within the qualification is designed to develop communication skills, independent learning, team work and an in depth understanding of health and social care issues.  

Candidates will study four units, three of which are internally assessed and the fourth will be assessed through a formal examination. Each unit is equally weighted and combine to create the final grade.

Progression | Further/Higher Education and Careers

Successful study of Health and Social care at Sandhill View can open up opportunities for pupils to move onto A Level Study at our partner Sixth-Form at Southmoor or at college.

Studying GCSE Health and Social Care will provide you with a solid foundation needed to work in this expanding industry. It can open you up to job opportunities within the industry such as nursery assistants, support workers, health assistants. You also have the opportunity to progress to further qualification which will be useful if you decide to follow any of the careers below

Progression

Some students choose to continue their education at university, completing degrees in Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Primary Teaching, Radiography, Early Childhood studies and Health Promotion.  Other students choose to continue their education through the vocation route and are now successfully working in local primary schools and nurseries.

Curriculum/Course Overview

Health & Social Care
KS3 & 4Half Term 1Half Term 2Half Term 3 Half Term 4Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 9

R031: Using basic first aid procedures (centre assessed task)

R031: Using basic first aid procedures (centre assessed task)

R031: Using basic first aid procedures (centre assessed task)

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external exam)

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external exam)

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external exam)

Year 10

R025: Understanding life stages (centre assessed task)

R025: Understanding life stages (centre assessed task)

R025: Understanding life stages (centre assessed task)

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (centre assessed task)

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (centre assessed task)

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (centre assessed task)

Year 11

Centre Assessed Tasks RO21, RO25 and RO31 final draft

Centre Assessed Tasks RO21, RO25 and RO31 final draft

Revision

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external exam)

Revision

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external exam)

How the subject supports pupils in making progress

In Health and Social care to ensure our pupils make as much progress as possible toward achieving their targets and fulfilling their potentials, we leave no stone unturned, taking actions including:

  • A half-termly analysis of performance data
  • Half-termly action plans to identify any pupils performing below expectations and implementing measures to support them in bridging any knowledge gaps and addressing misconceptions
  • Evaluation of individual’s pupils ‘barriers to progress’ with action plans to overcome these
  • Providing effective feedback specific to the needs of each pupils to ensure their own misconceptions are addressed and they are encouraged to think more deeply about content
  • Regular and challenging homework to consolidate and extend learning, communicated to parents/carers using ‘Show My Homework’

Assessment & Feedback

In Health and Social care, pupils are also given an ‘end of topic’ assessment in which they are tasked with demonstrating the skills developed throughout the unit of study they’ve just completed. Teachers then provide feedback on the work produced and give the pupils the opportunity to respond to the feedback, addressing misconceptions and deepening their understanding of the topic.

Formally students are assessed in the following units by either external examination or centre accessed tasks

RO21:  Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (Written paper OCR set and marked 1 hour – 60 marks)

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment. All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment

Unit R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated – 60 marks)

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting.

Unit R025: Understanding life stages (Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated – 60 marks)

Our passage through life does not always run smoothly or to a set pattern; it can often be uneven, with many people and circumstances influencing it such as the birth of siblings, marriage, divorce, death of close relatives, health, employment etc.

Unit R031: Using basic first aid procedures (Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated – 60 marks)

This unit will provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of basic common first aid procedures that could be used within health and social care settings

Staffing

Miss S Lamb – Subject Leader

Miss Lamb has taught Health and Social care at both GCSE and AS level for 3 years. Having joined the academy in 2011 as a PE teacher, Miss Lamb took on the responsibility of subject leader in Health and Social care. This has allowed the transition between subjects to develop and have an positive impact on students health and wellbeing.

Useful Links

• http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice.aspx

• http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/gcsease/health_social/1_13.html

• https://getrevising.co.uk/diagrams/care-values-21

• http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/gcsease/health_social/programme_notes_5.html

• https://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/FEAndVocational/HealthAndSocialCare/BTEC/BTEC-Firsts-Health-and-Social-Care-2012/Samples/BTECHSCRevisionGuideandWorkbook/Revise-BTEC-Health-and-Social-Care-Revision-Guide.pdf