Health & Social Care
"Communicating, values of care, body systems and disorders, understanding life stages; what an amazing array of varied topics to be uncovered and investigated within health and social care.”
Welcome to the Health & Social Care subject page. Below you will find a breakdown of each year group, including what is taught, how we assess, what enrichment opportunities there are and what can be expected in terms of homework. If you need any further information please contact the teacher of Health & Social Care, Mrs Morrey, at email@example.com.
Homework is set on a regular basis by the class teacher and can be accessed by logging into your Go4Schools account.
Here are links to websites to enhance your learning:
Health and Social Care will be taught in mixed ability groups.
Ms J Bailey
Mrs S Morrey
Key Stage 4
OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Health and Social Care J811
You do not necessarily have to want to work within the Health and Social care industry once you have completed this vocational course. This is a course that will prepare you for employment in the health, social care and early years’ sectors, but also deliver the key skills required to enter into any environment. This course is designed to help prepare you for the world of work ensuring you have effective communication skills, you understand how the human body functions and what influences the way in which we grow and develop. Units and assignments are based around realistic case studies, as well as applying your own personal experiences.
In terms of work – there is a lot!! You will be required to produce concise, complex and detailed portfolios of work for each unit, and there will be a large emphasis placed upon your ability to work independently and follow guidelines set by the teacher, and then add to these by carrying out additional independent research.
What will I study?
You will learn about health, social care and early years care settings and develop the knowledge and skills that will enable you to progress to the next level in your education and/or training in this field if you choose this pathway.
The course includes the completion of four units in total:
Unit 21: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings:
This unit looks at rights, care values, legislation and how to best support and care for individuals with regards to hygiene, safety and security measures. You will look at equality, diversity and discrimination that can occur within any setting – identification and discussions of real issues that occur in today’s society will be at the forefront of your ability to apply theoretical knowledge into practice.
This is an external examination.
Unit 22: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings:
You will learn about verbal, non-verbal communication, specialist forms and written communication, the barriers that we face when communicating and the qualities we need to demonstrate in order to be an effective communicator and an effective carer. This is a coursework based task and in addition practical skills will need to be demonstrated with regards to how you interact and communicate within both group and one to one situations.
This is an internally assessed piece of work.
Unit R023: Understanding life stages
The body is an amazing machine and this unit enables you to have a clear and detailed understanding regarding the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Digestive Systems. In addition you will obtain a detailed level of knowledge and understanding regarding the disorders that affect each of these, the impact of them, how they are diagnosed and treated. There is a practical element of this unit, which involves you taking part in a physical activity task and understanding how to measure body rates – these will include: pulse, breathing rate and BMI.
This is an internally assessed unit.
This allows you to understand and investigate the main life processes that will occur with each life stage. You will develop an awareness and understanding of the key events that may happen and subsequently affect these during the life span of an individual. Changes regarding the transition from young people to adulthood, the ageing process in adulthood, all medical conditions that affect life stages and be able to create a care plan for an individual are the underpinning concepts of this unit.
This is an internally assessed unit.
How will I learn?
You will use a variety of learning opportunities ranging from: class based lessons, small and large group work and presentations, independent research, role play, class discussion, research and practical activity.
What skills are essential?
- Ability to study independently
- Be a self-motivator
- Able to meet deadlines
- Be able to make detailed class notes
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate in public
- Be able to research independently
- Demonstrate effective writing skills
How will I be assessed?
Unit 21 is an external exam and worth 25% of your final grade. For the other three units you will be completing timed coursework sessions in class which are based on a series of tasks and case studies set by the awarding body. Coursework could take the form of in depth essays, posters, information packs, leaflets or even display materials.
What grade can be achieved?
You can achieve this qualification at Level 1 (distinction, merit, pass) or Level 2 (distinction*, distinction, merit, pass).
Where can this course take me?
The health and social care industry is far reaching. It is a sector that has huge influence on many in our society and it offers a broad range of career opportunities such as teaching, physiotherapy, speech therapy, counselling, registered nursing, health care assistants, social workers, nursery nurse, play leader, community worker and health visitor – the list is endless!
Most pupils use the Level 2 course as a base for further study or progression onto a Level 3 program in health and social care, but this can lead you to apprenticeships or aid in accessing college placements.
The list of possible opportunities is endless, the great thing is that you can move up the career ladder and across different areas in a rewarding and challenging career.
Key Stage 5
Health and Social Care Level 3 (Diploma)
This course allows you to study a broad selection of health-related topics, as an introduction to the many career opportunities in the Health, Social or Early Years’ sectors. As the course unfolds you will develop the knowledge, skills and qualities that are necessary for professional practice in the Health or Care sectors, you should have a real passion to help people in one of these fields.
Although the course is highly varied, it focuses on three core sectors (Health; Adult Social Care; and the Children and Young People’s Workforce), which support the care and development of people in society. As such, you will gain an insight into the intrinsic value of human beings, and how society caters for their many diverse needs.
As well as discovering about current research in Health and Social Care; the principles of safe practice; and the ways to promote public health; the course will develop your knowledge of a range of fascinating topics, including:
- Building positive relationships
- Equality, diversity, and rights
- Health, safety, and security
- Anatomy and physiology
- Infection control - internal assessment
- Personalisation and person-centred approach to care
- Creativity and activity for children and young people / Caring for older people
- Principles of youth work practice
- Psychology for Health and Social care
- Supporting people with learning disabilities / Nutrition for health
- Promoting health and well being
- Public Health
This qualification is designed to enable individuals to enter employment in health and social care, through a work-related training programme or higher education. It also opens many avenues for future career pathways such as alternative therapy work, social care, physiotherapy, child psychology, nursing, and education, as well as the emergency services. You can work with young children, people with physical and/or learning difficulties and the elderly in a variety of environments.
Examination Board: OCR