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Health & Social Care

Course description 

The Health and Social Care Department is dedicated to providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to allow them to meet their potential in Health and social Care and in future careers in this area.

  • Students will learn about the needs of a range of service users.
  • Activities and assessments are set in a vocational context.
  • A range of classroom activities are used to engage all students.
  • Students will develop a range of skills essential for success in their working life.

All classes are mixed ability.

Key Stage 3 

Health and Social Care options are only studied at KS4 and College

Key Stage 4 

Students study the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care course. We cover four units across the two year course.

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

In this unit, students gain an understanding of lifespan development, which is essential when working in health and social care, so students can appreciate the care needs of individuals at different life stages. This understanding is required for a wide range of health and social care roles including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dieticians. This unit is assessed through an external exam.

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values

This unit will enable students to understand the high standards expected in health and social care in order to safeguard the wellbeing of individuals who use health and social care services. This unit is assessed internally through coursework.

Unit 3:Communication in Health and Social Care

This unit will help students to explore the communication skills needed to interact with individuals who use health and social care services. They will put these skills into practice in real-life or simulated situations, in both one-to-one and group interactions. This will ensure that students develop a range of communication skills and are able to adapt them for a range of different service users and groups. This unit is assessed internally through coursework.

Unit 8: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care.

This unit investigates the rights of individuals using health and social care services, including the right to be respected, the right to be treated equally and fairly, and the right not to be discriminated against. This unit is assessed internally through coursework.