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Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4-

GCSE HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

This consists of two units, one which has an external examination and the other is assessed by coursework carried out under controlled conditions in the classroom. The external examination is taken at the end of Year 11.


Key Stage 5-

A LEVEL HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

There are a wide range of career opportunities in Health, Social Care and Early Years. The course provides a sound base for anyone wishing to follow a career in all areas of Health and Social Care.

The subject is taught by enthusiastic and committed staff who bring out the best in the students. A wide range of optional units are offered to allow students to follow their preferred disciplines.

SINGLE AWARD

COURSE CONTENT:

The Single Award offers students the opportunity to gain an AS Level at the end of Year 12, comprising:

Unit 1 – Promoting Quality Care
Unit 2 – Communication in Care Settings
Unit 3 – Promoting Good Health

Students can then progress to a full A Level at the end of Year 13 comprising the AS units plus:

Unit 10 – Care Practice and Provision;
Unit 12 – Anatomy and Physiology in Practice;
Unit 16 – Research Methods in Health & Social Care

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed through their portfolio work and external examinations. Unit 1 at AS level and Unit 12 at A2 level are externally set examinations. The other units comprise of coursework assessed work, marked internally.

SKILLS REQUIRED

A keen, enthusiastic approach to independent study is required, as well as the ability to write coherently and in-depth at Level 3. Students will also be expected to work as part of a team, thus requiring good communication and presentation skills.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

The minimum entry requirements for Level 3 programmes.

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL DIPLOMA IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE LEVEL 2

There are a wide range of career opportunities across all sectors of Health, Social Care and Children & Young People. The course will equip you with the skills you need for either an apprenticeship, work or further study in this area as a first step towards a career in any of these sectors.

The subject is taught by enthusiastic and committed staff who bring out the best in the students.
The OCR Level 2 Diploma is a one year full-time course that consists of 4 mandatory units and a further 4 units decided by the tutors that provide for a combined total of 60 credits. Students will be required to undertake work experience in a related setting one day a week throughout the duration of the course. Opportunities to study GCSE Maths and English will be timetabled if required.
Students are not required to have studied this subject previously.
Unit titles include:

  • Communication in Health & Social Care
  • Individual Rights in Health & Social Care
  • Individual Needs in Health & Social Care
  • Ensuring Safe Environments in Health & Social Care
  • Vocational Experience in Health & Social Care
  • Cultural Diversity in Health & Social Care
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Emergency Care in Health & Social Care

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed through their portfolio of coursework taken under controlled assessment conditions in school – there are no examinations.

SKILLS REQUIRED

A keen, enthusiastic approach to the subject is required and the ability to independently arrange work experience placements. Students will also be expected to work as part of a team, thus requiring good communication and presentation skills. Practical application of learning is a key skill to success.

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE LEVEL 3

There are a wide range of career opportunities across all sectors of Health, Social Care and Children & Young People. The course will equip you with the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a

career in any of these areas.
The subject is taught by enthusiastic and committed staff who bring out the best in the students.
The O.C.R. Level 3 Diploma is a two year course that consists of 6 mandatory units, plus a range of Optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits, and is broadly equivalent to two A Levels. Students will be required to carry out two weeks of work experience in a related setting during this course. This course requires a commitment to the full two year programme as final accreditation is not available until the end of year 13.

EXAMPLE OF UNIT TITLES INCLUDE:

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health & Social Care
  • Caring for Children & Young People
  • Caring for individuals with additional needs
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health & Social Care

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed through their portfolio of coursework taken under controlled assessment conditions in school – there are no examinations.

SKILLS REQUIRED

A keen, enthusiastic approach to independent study is required, as well as the ability to write coherently and in-depth at Level 3. Students will also be expected to work as part of a team, thus requiring good communication and presentation skills. Practical application of learning is a key skill to success.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements are 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English.