Health & Social Care
The Health and Social Care Department is a warm and encouraging department that consistently achieves outstanding results at both Level 2 and Level 3. Health and Social Care is a practical subject that provides students with the opportunity to develop their own career in the Health and Social Care sector of their choice. Each member of the Health and Social Care department is enthusiastic and has a strong desire to equip students with the skills necessary to achieve in their chosen career.
Head of Department: Miss D Morley
Health & Social Care Teacher: Miss K Pettit
Health & Social Care Teacher (Head of Year): Mrs A Crawford
Should you have any questions, or are interested in Health and Social Care (either level 2 or 3), please contact Miss Morley – firstname.lastname@example.org
BTEC Level 2 (Year 9, 10 & 11)
The new BTEC is a level 2 qualification, graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. Some learners may fail to achieve a full Pass at Level 2 so there is the opportunity for learners to gain a level 1 qualification.
The course has been developed in consultation with employers and educators and gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector.
The optional units provide a closer focus on an occupational area, supporting progression into a more specialised level 3
The course is structured as follows:
- Unit 1: Growth and Development. This Unit is assessed externally through an exam. Students explore how people grow and develop throughout their lives and the factors that affect this growth and development. Health and Social Care professionals need to have a detailed understanding of these changes.
- Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values. This unit is assessed internally through written assignments. This unit will help learners to find out about the values that underpin good Health and Social Care practice. These values are also important to everyday life and this unit will help learners to recognise where the values that we all appreciate can be applied to Health and Social Care
Optional Units: (Students will study 2 out of the 3)
- Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care. This unit is assessed internally through written assignments. Health and Social Care professionals need good communication skills to develop positive relationships and share information with people using services. This unit allows learners to develop these skills.
- Unit 5: Promoting Health and Wellbeing. This unit is assessed internally through written assignments. Health promotion is the area of healthcare that raises awareness of a number of issues and educates people on how to follow healthier lifestyles. This unit gives learners a valuable insight into this important aspect of Health and Social Care work.
- Unit 6: The impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing. This unit is assessed internally through written assignments. This unit allows students to gain an understanding of the principles of nutrition, the effects of a balanced or unbalanced diet and how diet changes of the lifespan. Students will also explore the dietary needs of people of different religions, and other factors that influence what people choose to eat.
BTEC Level 3 (Year 12 & 13)
The BTEC Level 3 qualification has been designed specifically alongside the Health and Social Care sector to cater for both learners wishing to go to University to study a related Health and Social Care course and to equip students with the skills required for full time employment in the Health and Social Care industry.
Currently, the course is assessed by 100% coursework. The course is structured as follows:
- Unit 1: Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care. This unit is designed to help learners develop their communication skills. They will explore ways of overcoming barriers to communication and develop their own skills in one-to-one and group interactions.
- Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care. This unit introduces you to equality, diversity and rights in the Health and Social Care sector. Learners need to be aware of these issues as they will be faced with them on a daily basis. This is one of the most important units on the course and it is essential that learners understand the regulations regarding equality, diversity and rights.
- Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care. In the UK health and safety is taken extremely seriously, and we take it for granted that our workplaces will be safe. If learners were to become managers of settings, then they must make sure that everything possible has been done to keep their staff and the people they care for safe, and they can prove you have done so.
- Unit 11: Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence. This unit introduces learners to different types of abuse, the signs that it is occurring and aid with an understanding of the underlying factors involved in such behaviour. The role of the professional supportive relationship is also looked at. This unit is not tackled until year 13, once learners have gained a wider understanding of Health and Social Care.
- Unit 14: Physiological Disorders. In this unit, learners will be able to apply their knowledge of physiology to the experience of individuals affected by physiological disorders. Understanding how individuals are affected by two chosen disorders are cared for by professionals, friends and family is fundamental to the caring process.
- Unit 48: Work Experience. This unit is based around the individual learner and helps to prepare for future work in Health and Social Care. Learners are expected to identify their strengths and weaknesses, develop an action plan and review their development over the course. This unit also includes a 50 work placement split into two 25 hour slots throughout year 12.
Students have the opportunity to attend open days at Gloucestershire University and also visit local care settings, during year 12.
Within the Health and Social Care department, all students are encouraged to continue with their work after school and during free periods.
For year 11s, catch up sessions are run on a Wednesday after school and year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to work with elderly people in a local care home on a Thursday after school.
Students who have studied BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care have often gone on to study the Level 3 course.
Once the Level 3 course is completed, students have achieved a range of University places and apprenticeships in a number of careers from nursing and midwifery, to physiotherapy and nursery nurse careers.