Health and Social Care

Curriculum Intent

Health and Social Care equips our students to discover the impact of positive and negative human development and how to critically analyse how these factors affect our day to day lives. The study of Health and Social Care enables students to explore academically and practically areas that influence how we develop throughout life stages and in turn raise expectations of how we can live successful and healthy lives now and in our future.

Within the Health and Social Care department at Blenheim we believe that there never been a more relevant time to study our subject. Our intention is to fully support and prepare students who want to work with, care for and help other people in their future careers.

Our KS4 Course provides students with the background knowledge and skills needed by someone considering working with people in a health care provision capacity. We have an accomplished history of enabling our students to achieve the qualifications they need to build successful careers in the Health and Social Care sector such as; Teaching, Social work, Nursing and Midwifery and Paramedic science.

The KS4 Course is broken down into the following topic areas:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Development across the life stages
  • Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social Development
  • Factors affecting growth and development
  • The impact of major life events
  • Understanding the structure and practices of Health and Social Care Services
  • Barriers to accessing services
  • Safeguarding
  • Care values 
  • A brief history of the NHS
  • The impact of Covid 19 on Health and Social Care services
  • Factors affecting health and wellbeing
  • Designing Health and wellbeing improvement plans

The KS4 Course is broken down into the following areas of assessment

  • Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development (Course work) 30%
  • Component 2 – Service and Values in HSC (Course work and a practical assessment) 30%
  • Component 3 – Health and Well-being (Exam in February and May of year 11) 40%

Useful Links

BBC News Health: Up to date news on matters of health and care provision in the UK

Guardian Health: Up to date news on matters of health and care provision in the UK

NHS: Detailed website with current information on conditions and treatment in the UK

Department for Health: Government website explaining changes to care provision on the UK

NHS Careers: information about how to access different types of work in the health sector

NHS Careers: test to identify which part of the NHS you are suited to

Pearson Edexcel BTEC National Diploma 2016 Specification

Pearson Edexcel GCSE Health and Social Care

KS4 Health and Social Care

BTEC Technical Award Level 1/2 Health and Social Care

Course Content

Human Lifespan Development (Coursework)

  • Main life stages
  • Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social Development
  • Factors affecting growth and development
  • Life events

Health and Social Care Services (Coursework)

  • Barriers to accessing services
  • Care values

Health and Wellbeing (Exam)

  • Factors affecting health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing improvement plans

What skills will students develop?

This course has been designed for students who want a strong core of knowledge of the Health and Care sector, because they wish to work or go on to study further in a related area.

You will:

  • Have practical experience from real-world assignments
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Have a strong core base of knowledge
  • Have real experience of effective teamwork
  • Know how to work to a brief with set deadlines
  • Efficiently manage time to complete tasks

How students are assessed

For this BTEC course you will have 6 hours of teaching every two weeks. You will have one exam unit and two coursework units.

What makes a good Health and Social Care student?

Personal organisation and diligence will be vital to your success as you will be required to carry out independent research tasks, evaluate evidence and clearly present your findings on a number of topics. You will benefit from a variety of learning techniques which include hosting visiting practitioners from a variety of professions, as well as meeting service providers and service users, and investigating their experiences.

Homework

Homework will be varied and will consist of research, coursework completion, project-based work and exam questions

Bronze School Mental Health Award