HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
Head of Health & Social Care/Assistant Head Teacher: Miss N Craig
Health and Social Care is taught as an option in Key Stage 4. This vocational qualification provides students with the skills necessary to continue their study at level 3 and beyond in Health and Social Care studies.
Key Stage 4
Girls study essential values of care, and how to communicate and work with individuals in health, social care and early years environments.
Students also study across other related areas such as:
- Understanding life stages.
- Understanding the development and protection of young children in early years environments.
- Understanding nutrients that promote good health.
- Understanding different disabilities and working with young adults and children with special needs.
Objectives of the BTEC First suite The BTEC First suite will:
- Secure a balanced curriculum overall, so learners in the 14–19 age group have the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of future development
- Provide learners with opportunities to link education and the world of work in engaging, relevant and practical ways
- Enable learners to enhance their English and mathematical competence in relevant, applied scenarios
- Support learners’ development of transferable interpersonal skills, including working with others, problem-solving, independent study, and personal, learning and thinking skills
- Provide learners with a route through education that has clear progression pathways into further study or an apprenticeship. Breadth and progression This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within a sector. This gives learners the opportunity to:
- gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
- investigate areas of specific interest
- develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.
This suite of qualifications provides opportunities for learners to progress to either academic or more specialised vocational pathways.
- Health and Social Care Values
- Effective communication in Health and Social Care
- Health Promotion
- Human Lifespan Development
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care includes an externally assessed unit in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to academic qualifications such as GCEs and GCSEs. The assessment approach taken in internally assessed units of the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities, including assignment and project work, case studies, workplace assessment, role play and presentations. Delivery strategies should reflect the nature of work within the health and social care sector by encouraging learners to research and carry out assessments in the workplace, or in simulated working conditions, wherever possible. Locally available vocational examples and the opportunity to localise assignments to fit learner experience allow a more realistic and motivating basis for learning and can start to ensure learning serves the needs of local areas. Learners should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking account of the industry standards for behaviour and performance.
Edexcel – BTEC First Level 1 / 2 - 2016 - 2018
Home learning is set weekly and involves short research tasks, activities to consolidate class work and revision.