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Health & Social Care

Teaching Staff

Subject Leader
Tim Brown

Statement of Intent

The curriculum intent for Health and Social Care is to give students an insight into some aspects of the health and social care environment, ranging from how the human develops from birth to death to different types of support that might be used, and to seeing how care values are expressed. About three million people in the UK work in the health and social care sector - the equivalent to one in every 10 people. Demand for both health and social care is liable to continue to rise due to the ageing population, and so will play a very important role within the UK society. With this, there will be a greater demand for people to work in these roles. 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 the intent is to guide them through a BTEC course that allows for progression onto a higher level through Key Stage 5 and then further, should they wish to do so.

In Year 9, students will learn how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, starting at infancy through to later adulthood. The learning of this development involves PIES - the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social factors - and what role they play within development. It then looks into how different factors can affect this. These major life events may be seen as marriage or parenthood; what then is observed is how people can adapt to this change, the understanding of this being shown through assignment-based assessment.

In Year 10, learning is done both through studying and practical work. Here an insight is given into the various groups who use or work in the healthcare industry and what title they may come under.  This could be the ‘service users’ (those using the services), or the 'service providers' (those trained to give the care). It looks at people who need care, making students aware that they are not always ill but may have disabilities or other difficulties like living day-to-day lives. Care values are then covered, showing the importance of providing good health and social care values, giving an understanding of the importance that care values play to people when using the care services. Pupils demonstrate their skills of the care values through roleplay, and their understanding shown through assignment assessment and roleplay assessment.

We are working to get work experience into place. This will allow pupils to experience what has been learnt in the classroom and see it in action in the health and social care environment. 

In Year 11, students focus on:

●  seeing what ‘healthy’ actually means
●  looking at how 'healthy' is not just about illness but for a person in late adulthood being mobile, having friends and being happy
●  the positive and negative factors that can influence the health and well-being of a person
●  interpreting the readings of lifestyle indicators, and in so being able to interpret someone's state of health
●  being able to design a plan with short and long-term targets to help a person get back into a healthy lifestyle
●  being aware of the barriers when people are trying to change to a healthy lifestyle.

Their understanding of this is shown through an exam.

Key Stage 5

To support fluidity, the curriculum taught at Key Stage 5 is provided by the same awarding body as Key Stage 4. Some areas covered at Key Stage 4 are expanded on to a higher level.

In Year 12, the patters of human growth are again looked at, this time focusing on how environmental, social and financial factors can play a big role. This takes into account different theories that can play a role in the development stages, such as predictable and unpredictable factors and how physical and psychological factors play a role in the ageing process.

The second unit of the year is assessed through assignments. This area looks to show how to provide the care and support that individuals need. This considers the ethical areas and other challenges that have to be overcome to be able to provide good health and care services. This unit is helpful should students be thinking of having a career in social care or healthcare, with roles such as social workers or nurses as it gives a good insight into some of the skills they will need to be demonstrating when in those roles.

Curriculum Maps

Here you can find the curriculum maps for Health & Social Care for the academic year 2020-21. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 section. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.

Key Stage 4

Health & Social Care BTEC
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Key Stage 5

Health & Social Care BTEC

All information is subject to change

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