Health and Social Care
The aims of the Health and Social Care Department
- To nurture an interest in caring skills.
- To develop presenting and communication skills
- To develop critical thinking skills
- To encourage students to explore a range of different viewpoints on key issues
- To transform students into independent learners who will be able to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world
- To encourage students to become confident reflective thinkers
Why study Health and Social Care?
Perhaps the most important reason for studying Health and Social care or Child Development is because you find it to be an interesting and enjoyable subject. They are also useful qualifications for those who wish to work in person-facing or caring roles in the future.
Child Development is assessed via both Exam and Controlled Assessment. The breakdown for assessment is as follows:
40%- Health and Well-Being for Child Development
The examination is 1 hour 15 minutes and takes place in January of Year 11.
The exam covers:
- Reproduction, and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood.
- Ante Natal care and preparation for the birth
- Post-natal care, checks and conditions for development.
- How to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses.
- Child Safety.
Controlled Assessment 1
30% - Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to 5 years
This task involves:
- Creating a safe environment in a childcare setting
- Choosing suitable equipment for a childcare setting
- Understanding the nutritional guidelines and requirements for babies and young children.
Controlled Assessment 2
30% - Understand the development of a child from birth to 5 years.
This task involves:
- Understanding the physical, Intellectual and social developmental norms from 1 to 5 years.
- Understanding the benefits of learning through play and understanding the stages of play.
- Planning different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child aged 0-5 years.
- Carrying out and evaluating different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child aged 0 – 5 years.
Health and Social Care
KS3 and KS4
From Year 9 onwards (OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 2)
Extended Certificate (worth 1 GCSE)
3 units (1 exam 40%, and 2 units of coursework 30% each):
Compulsory External Exam Unit:
R032: Principles of Care in H&SC Settings
Includes the Rights of Service Users, Person-Centred Values, Effective Communication and Protecting service.
Compulsory Coursework Unit:
R033: Supporting individuals through Life Events
Includes Life Stages, the impact of Life Events, Sources of support from with the H&SC sector.
Optional Coursework Unit:
Either R034 Creative and Therapeutic Activities
OR R035 Health Promotion Campaign
Foundation Course (OCR Cambridge Technical L2)
Extended Certificate= 2 GCSEs
- 30 credits
- 2 mandatory units (5 credits each) plus optional units (10 credits each) to total the 30 credits
- Communication in Health and Social Care (5C)
- Individual Needs in Health and Social Care (5C)
- Understanding Cultural Diversity within Health & Social Care (10C)
- Vocational Experience in Health & Social care (10C)
Each unit completed will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction. The number of units achieving each grade will determine the student’s overall grade.
A 2-week period of Work Experience happens in January/February of the course.
Cambridge Technicals Level 3
Extended Certificate = 1 A Level
- 60 credits
Diploma = 2 A Levels
- 120 credits
Extended Diploma = 3 A Levels
- 180 credits
Mandatory Units are :
- Building Positive Relationships in Health & Social Care
- Equality, Diversity & Rights in Health & Social Care (exam)
- Health, Safety & Security in Health & Social Care (exam)
- Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Social Care (exam)
- Infection Control
- Personalisation & a Person Centred approach to care
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
- The impact of long term physiological conditions
- Research methods in Health, Social care & Childcare settings
Optional Units may include:
- Creativity & Activity for children and young people
- Supporting people with disabilities
- Nutrition for Health
- Supporting service users with Dementia
- Career planning for Health & Social Care
- Sexual Health, Reproduction & Early Development stages
- Psychology for Health & Social Care
- Sociology for Health & Social Care
- Public Health
- Supporting people with Mental Health conditions
- Creativity and Activity for Older people
- Principles of Youth Work practice
- Looked after children and young people
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing.
100 Hours of work experience is carried out during the course.