Health and Social Care is currently delivered at GCSE level to Year 10 and 11 students only.
In the light of recent curriculum changes, the long term plans for GCSE courses are in the process of being edited and refined to ensure seamless continuation from the GCSE- ready phase. Final publication of our finalised planning will be available during the summer term of 2017. Each subject is following a GCSE specification which can be found by clicking on the link below. The GCSE specification(s) outlines the coverage followed by our students. Should further explanation be required, please do not hesitate to contact our Subject Leaders by telephone 01706 716761 and they will respond as soon as possible. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued interest and support and hope that by studying the specifications alongside your child’s work that you can gain insight into the coverage undertaken.
This is because of a change in the exam board provision for the subject. The school is currently investigating future possible examination options once the GCSE course finishes in summer 2018.
Health and Social Care investigates how people grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, from the moment they are born to the end of their life. It explores the different relationships that people have and how the various factors and events in people’s lives affect their health, well-being and development. Students also learn about the range of services available to support people at various stages of their life; how these services are structured locally and nationally and how they work closely together.
An important part of the GCSE assessment involves a detailed investigation into one service provider, such as a nursery, healthcare centre or a provision for the elderly. Students will get the opportunity to visit, explore and analyse how this provision helps to meet the needs of the clients that use it.
During the course we also welcome guest speakers from different health and social care services and students get the chance to interview and work with these professionals.
Health and Social Care provides a solid foundation of learning and understanding for any of the caring professions and for a whole range of jobs/careers such as working with children, working within the health service or working within social care. It provides a base on which to build further specific qualifications required for each of these areas of work.
As an academic subject it can be studied to a higher level, such as the BTEC Level 3 award – and we have had students go on to study it at University Level too.
Even if students do not want to pursue it beyond GCSE, the nature and content of the course provides extremely valuable learning for life. The course will support young people as they grow into adults and as many move into informal caring roles such as parenthood.