Aims of the curriculum
- To prepare students for a career in health, social care or early years provision
- To prepare students for further or higher academic study in HSC & EY
- To educate students in the workings of HSC & EY services, equipping them for family life, adulthood and parenthood.
- To promote a caring ethos to carry with us throughout all aspects of life
About 3 million people work in health and social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase. Study of this sector at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study. There are also strong opportunities for post-16 progression in this important sector.
Introduction to Health and Social Care. Find out what health and social care is about. What are the different health and social care sectors in our society? What careers are there in health and social care?
First aid Unit R031. Coursework and practical based unit in which you learn basic first aid procedures for various emergency scenarios. You will also learn how to assess the scene of an accident and how to call 999. You will demonstrate this work in practical role play assignments and a written task.
Understanding body systems and Disorders R023. Coursework unit in which you will be provided with knowledge and understanding of three major body systems: respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive. You will understand the structure, functions and disorders of each system.
Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings R021. Examination unit which is taken at the end of year 10. This unit focuses on the rights of individuals and the care values that must be used when working in health and social care or early years environments.
Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings R022. Final coursework unit which will provide the 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 and social care setting.
Progression after Key Stage 4
Many Health and Social Care students will continue their studies at Btec Level 3 and even to degree level. The subject will equip students with the knowledge and skills to consider a career in any of the caring professions, for example, Primary School Teaching, Nursing, working with those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental disabilities, Social Work, Nursery Nursing, caring for the elderly, Counselling, Environmental Health. It will also compliment subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Science, PE, etc. and will give people the knowledge and understanding of the services and support available to them and how to live a healthier lifestyle.
Additional classes and extra curricular activities
- Coursework Catch-up/revision sessions during period 6 of year 11.
- Several tasks require students to arrange and carry out interviews with practitioners, service users, parents etc. A visit to an Early Years care setting would be extremely beneficial, but would need to be arranged independently.