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Health & Social Care

Department Aims

  • develop their interest in health, social care and early years;

  • draw together areas of knowledge, skills and understanding related to the health, social care and early years sectors;

  • increase their understanding of the health, social care and early years sectors to develop as effective and independent learners;

  • understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early years sectors by investigating and evaluating a range of services and organisations;

  • develop skills, aptitudes and values for employment in the health, social care and early years sectors; and

  • develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving in relation to the specified content.

The Health & Social Care Team

HOD

Mrs Lisa McGuigan

Subject Teachers

Mrs Marita McCullagh

Ms Tracey Taggart

GCSE

Year 11

Unit 1: Personal Development, Health and Being

 

Assessment: External written exam worth 50% of overall qualification

            

Topics studied

  • Human development

  • Factors affecting health and well-being

  • Relationships

  • Self-concept

  • Major life changes and sources of support

 

Year 12

Unit 2: Working in Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors

 

Assessment: Controlled assessment worth 50% of overall qualification

           

Topics studied

  • Identifying and meeting the needs of service users

  • Provision of integrated health, social care and early years services

  • Accessing health, social care and early years services and barriers to access

  • Job roles of practitioners

  • Values of care

  • Safeguarding

A Level

The Health and Social Care A level course comprises of 6 units. Three of these are studied in the first year (AS) and the other three in the second year (A2). 

 

AS

 

AS Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care

Assessment: Internal assessment (portfolio) worth 25% of AS (10% of A level)

Topics studied

  • Values of care

  • Legislation that promotes quality care

  • Health and safety

  • Policies

  • The impact of poor practice

 

AS Unit 2: Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings

Assessment: Internal assessment (portfolio) worth 25% of AS (10% of A level)

Topics studied

  • Communication methods in health, social care and early yeas settings

  • Factors that support effective communication

  • Recognising and overcoming barriers to communication with service users

  • Communication in teams

  • Interacting in a care setting

 

AS Unit 3: Health and Well-Being

Assessment: 2-hour external written examination worth 50% of AS (20% of A level)

Topics studied

  • Concepts of health and well-being

  • Factors affecting health and well-being

  • Health promotion

  • The role of organisations responsible for health promotion and disease prevention

  • Discrimination and anti-discriminatory practice

 

A2

A2 Unit 3: Providing Services

Assessment: 2- hour external written examination based on pre-release material worth 30% of A level

Topics studied

  • Legislation and policy provision

  • Meeting individual needs

  • Roles and responsibilities of practitioners

  • Working effectively in teams

  • Quality Assurance

 

A2 Unit 4: Health Promotion

Assessment: Internal assessment (portfolio) worth 15% of A level

Topics studied

  • Government health improvement priorities

  • Planning and evaluating a health education activity

 

A2 Unit 5: Supporting the Family

Assessment: Internal assessment (portfolio) worth 15% of A level

Topics studied

  • Family structures

  • How families meet individual’s needs

  • Support available to families

  • Family issues

Work Experience

As part of the AS  course, students are required to complete a period of work experience  in a health and social care or early years setting in the local community e.g. Nursing home, nursery school, day centre, primary school.

Careers

Educational psychologist

Careers in the Ambulance Service

Dietitian

Nurse

Health Visitor

Health and Safety Officer

Midwife

Occupational therapist

Playgroup Assistant

Youth Worker

Careers in complimentary medicine

Social Worker

Teacher

Dentist

Dental Nurse

 

Weblinks

 

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/hsc/