Health and Social Care
We will equip our learners with specialist knowledge and transferable skills to enhance their employability in the health and social care sector.
Everybody accesses Health and Social care in Society. In terms of employability, about 3 million people in the UK work in the health and social care sectors, which is equivalent to one in every 10 people. Demand for health care and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population and the long-term impact of COVID; so it is undisputable that it plays a key role in UK society.
We will develop our pupils’ key skills and knowledge in order to work in the Health and Social care sector. We are committed to an understanding of the rights of individuals, person centred values of care, effective communication and how to promote, support and maintain individual rights.
Pupils will also develop the key competences of research, extended writing and exam technique, which will support them in further study and into their professional lives. We encourage logical thinking, independence and applying knowledge to real life contexts.
The Health and Social Care department will nurture every pupil through their journey to develop their resilience, expression and independence, growing into well rounded individuals to succeed in today’s diverse society. Pupils will experience and study a range of health and social care topic areas requiring them to demonstrate maturity and respect for others. Pupils will become confident and fully prepared to manage their emotions for the many challenges and opportunities they face in managing people’s health and well- being, preparing them for life and inspiring them to work in modern Britain.
Throughout our pupils’ health and social care journey we have a common ‘big picture’:
Pupils are taught the fundamentals of health and social care and the foundations of the subject and are introduced to the ‘Big Picture’:
Core knowledge to be learnt in Year 10:
- Understand how to support individuals and maintain their rights
- Understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied
- Understand how legislation impacts on care settings
- Understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals
- Types of Communication – Verbal/Oral, Non-verbal communication, Written, specialist, Factors affecting communication, Barriers to communication, Overcoming barriers to communication
- Personal Qualities
- Communication Interactions – 1-2-1, Group
The focus is on individual development, and how practitioners support individual need.
Core knowledge to be learnt in Year 11:
Development of Life Stages
- Understand the stages of individual development
- Understand the ageing process in older adulthood
- Know which medical conditions may affect progress through the life stages
- Be able to create support plans
- Know how body systems work
- Understand disorders that affect the body systems
- Be able to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates with reference to the functioning of healthy body systems
In Year 12 the health and social care curriculum will be similar to the process at Year 10. Pupils are introduced to health and social care which will therefore be accessible to newcomers as well as previous pupils.
Core knowledge to be learnt in Year 12:
- Equality diversity and rights in health and social care
- Health, safety and security in health and social care
- Building positive relationships in health and social care
In Year 13, pupils will continue to develop and build on the fundamentals taught in Year 12.
Core knowledge to be learnt in Year 13:
- Nutrition for health
- Anatomy and Physiology for health and social care
- Specific sexual health, reproduction and early development