Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is a great subject to study if you are planning to work with people in a caring environment. This subject is taught in both KS4 and KS5 at the King’s Academy.

Health and Social Care includes a mixture of coursework and examination pieces. The course is classed as vocational because the work is continually linked to real- life situations and scenarios.

Course Outline/Overview

Key Stage 4

The department runs a single award GCSE in Health and Social Care.

GCSE Single Award

In this part of the course the units covered are:

Unit 1 – Understanding Personal Development and Relationships
Unit 2 – Health, Social Care and Early Years

Unit 1 is an exam element that is completed in the second year of this two year course. Unit 2 is accomplished through two controlled assessments which must be completed in order to pass. The controlled assessment unit is heavily based on research, finding out new information, collecting notes and carrying out mini activities to aid learning. All the notes and information gathered by the students are then used to complete the assessment.

Key Stage 5

Currently the department runs a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care

It is essential to have C grades in both Maths and English to access this course. These are the subjects required in most of the caring professions that this course leads on to. During this course students need to accumulate 100 hours of work experience in a care setting. This course is beneficial when wanting to work with people in a care setting of any type.

Level 3 BTEC Diploma

In this course the units covered are:

Unit 1 – Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
Unit 4 – Development through the life stages
Unit 5 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
Unit 6 – Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
Unit 7 – Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
Unit 8 – Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
Unit 21 – Nutrition for Health and Social Care
Unit 22 – Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
Unit 23 – Complementary Therapies for Health and Social Care
Unit 25 – Coping with Change in a Health and Social Care Context

This course can lead to higher education in areas such as; nursing, social work and other vocational courses. It could also allow access into professions such as nursery nursing, where training can be undertaken whilst working.

 

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