About the Department
Health and Social Care is studied as an option subject from year 9 and has proved extremely popular, year on year.
The department was founded in 2014 by Mrs Richards and Mrs Davis; Mrs Richards has a keen interest in Psychology, having studied a BSc (hons) in Psychology at Keele university. Her particular interests lie in child psychology and the development of young people.
Mrs Davis has extensive experience of the Health Care service after working as a Dental Nurse, Dental Radiographer & Practice Manager for 12 years before training to become a Teacher.
The department has strong links with the Royal Stoke University Hospital and regularly seeks guidance and advice from staff at the Careers and Skills Academy based on the hospital site.
Health and Social Care is usually taught in two classrooms; room 50 with Mrs Richards and Room 43 with Mrs Davis. Each room is fully equipped with PCs and printers to help support students with independent research for their controlled assessment tasks.
With the population living longer in the UK, the health and social care sector is experiencing huge growth and is one of the biggest industries in the country. The study of Health and Social Care covers a wide range of topics and skills and prepares students for work or further study in the sector.
During the delivery and completion of controlled assessment tasks and during examination periods, the department offers after school revision sessions to support students with their learning.
Students have been given the opportunity to visit a local care home and the careers and skills centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in order to enhance their understanding of the career options available in the field of Health & Social Care.
The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care focuses on a wide range of topics involved in caring for children, adults and older adults. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on real life situations and realistic workplace situations linked to the Health and Social Care sectors.
Students are required to study three units that are each internally assessed through a coursework portfolio that contributes to 75% of the final grade.
Students also study a mandatory unit that is externally assessed in a one hour examination which contributes to 25% of the final grade.
The study of Health and Social Care starts in year 9 as an option subject. Students begin the course by studying Unit R022: Communicating and Working with individuals in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings which introduces students to the skills and qualities required to provide effective care and the methods of communication that may be used. This unit is internally assessed through the completion of a coursework portfolio that contributes to 25% of the final grade.
Students must show an understanding of;
- different types of communication
- factors that positively influence communication
- barriers to communication and ways of overcoming these
- the personal qualities that contribute to effective care.
As part of this unit, students must demonstrate the ability to communicate in one-to-one and group interactions; excellent life skills that can be transferred to other areas of study!
In year 10 students currently study R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting which aims to provide learners with a key understanding of the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of 0–5 year olds in an early years setting. This unit is internally assessed through the completion of a coursework portfolio that contributes to 25% of the final grade.
Students must show the ability to;
- consider key milestones of child development
- carry out a risk assessment on an early years setting
- write a plan for a safe early years environment
Alongside the study of R028, students begin to study for their examination R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings, which focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment. This is a mandatory unit that is externally assessed with a one hour examination in year 11, contributing to 25% of the final grade.
In year 11, students currently study Unit R027: Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings in which they will have the opportunity to explore the different types of creative activities that are available to individuals in health, social care and early years settings. They will understand how important it is to promote creative activities, so that the needs of the individuals are met as well as ensuring that those involved enjoy the experience and gain personal value from participating. This unit is internally assessed through the completion of a coursework portfolio that contributes to 25% of the final grade.
Students must show the ability to;
- Plan a creative activity to be used in health, social care and early years settings
- Demonstrate a creative activity that they have planned.
Students will also revisit unit R021 in preparation for the examination which they will sit in year 11.
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