Head of Social Sciences

Mrs D Goldsworthy - dgoldsworthy@ndonline.org

Aims

The aims of the Health & Social Care course are to allow all students to reach their full potential in the following ways:

  • To maintain and stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Health & Social Care
  • To employ teaching and learning styles and develop resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability.) to have equal access to Health & Social Care and to experience success and enjoyment in their work
  • To enable students to become independent learners and thrive within the group environment
  • To enable students to be able to work as part of a team but still retain their own individual identity
  • To develop an awareness in students of the implications of Health & Social Care for the individual, the community and the environment, and to understand the nature and significance of individual and social differences in their own and other cultures
  • To enable students to acquire, select and handle information, to analyse critically it’s nature and source, and to use this information to develop informed opinions which can be supported by reasonable argument

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 4

GCSE (Single Award)

Unit A911: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision (Portfolio)

  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • The ways people can obtain services and the possible barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services
  • The types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are organised
  • The principles of care that underpin all care work
  • The main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years services

Unit A912: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships (Exam)

  • The stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • The different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • The development of self-concept and different types of relationships
  • Major life changes and sources of support

 

Key Stage 5

YR12 AS

Unit F910: Promoting quality care (Exam)

  • Attitudes and prejudices
  • Rights and responsibilities of people who use services and providers
  • Facilitation of access to services
  • Values of care
  • How organisations promote quality care

Unit F911: Communication in care settings (Portfolio)

  • Types of communication
  • Factors that support and inhibit communication
  • Communication skills
  • Theories relating to communication
  • Interaction with the person who uses services(s)/practitioner(s)

Unit F912: Promoting good health (Portfolio)

  • Principles of health and well-being
  • Preventative measures and job roles
  • Planning a health promotion campaign
  • Carry out a health promotion campaign

 

YR13 A2

Unit F919: Care practice and provision (Portfolio)

  • Planning and provision of services
  • Effects of national policy and legislation on care practice and provision
  • How quality assurance is promoted by services
  • Conducting a survey relating to quality assurance
  • How services and practitioners meet individual needs
  • Ways in which practitioners within services work in partnerships

Unit F921: Anatomy and physiology in practice (Exam)

  • Respiratory system
  • Cardio-vascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Reproductive system
  • Renal system
  • Musculo-skeletal and neural systems
  • Effects of lifestyle choices on body systems and health and well-being

Unit F925: Research methods in health and social care (Portfolio)

  • Purposes and methods of research
  • Ethical issues, sources of error and bias in research
  • Planning, presenting and analysing findings from research
  • Evaluating findings from research

 

Assessment

The following is an overview of approaches to assessment in each Key Stage.

Key Stage 4

GCSE (Single Award)

One exam and one portfolio to include:

Unit A911: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision. Candidates complete a Controlled Assessment task. 60% of the total GCSE marks for a Controlled Assessment (up to 18 hrs research and up to 26 hrs writing up) giving 60 marks This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit A912: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships. This question paper is based on Understanding Personal Development and Relationships and consists of four questions involving identification, description, explanation, analysis and evaluation. Candidates answer all questions and 40% of the total GCSE marks for a 1 hr written paper which is externally assessed.

 

Key Stage 5

Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care (H503)

Y12

AS Units F910 – F912 as above, all units being 16.67% of the Advanced GCE marks. One external exam and two internally marked portfolio units

Yr13

A2 Unit F919: Care practice and provision. 16.67% of the total, this unit is assessed through portfolio work and internally assessed.

A2 Unit F921: Anatomy and physiology. In practice 16.67% of the total and this question paper has six questions: 1.5 hrs, written paper, 100 marks. This unit is externally assessed.

A2 Unit F925: Research methods in health and social car.e 16.67% of the total and this unit is assessed through portfolio work and internally assessed.