The Health and Social Care classrooms are found in the CM Block. Health and Social Care BTEC form part of the optional curriculum offer at KS4, with mixed ability grouping used. Students can elect to study Health and Social Care Level 3 as post-16 courses or apprenticeships.
BTEC Health and Social Care is a vocationally related qualification, where learners apply their knowledge and skills to work-related contexts. Health and social care professionals account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK and demand for people to fill these vital jobs continues to increase. The curriculum we offer our students targets the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to progress onto the next stage of their education and to gain access to these careers. Students learning is supported by our use of the national “Step into the NHS” scheme which supports the DFE’s new statutory guidance around careers education. Students are also given opportunities to experience real world contexts through our strong links with the local infant school. Links with the Alzheimer’s Society means that all students are also trained as ‘Dementia Friends’.
History lessons will develop the skills to select, organise and use knowledge gained, to explain and analyse the key features of the historical topics studied and to evaluate sources of information. Students will come to appreciate how people and events have been interpreted in different ways by people in the past.
Students complete a range of internal assignments over 2 components, which is worth 60% of the final grade. 40% is an external 2 hour exam.
Component 1 – Human Lifespan (internally assessed) In this component, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, and the different factors that may affect them. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving house, and students will learn about how people adapt to these changes, as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.
Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values (internally assessed) In this component, students will study how service providers meets the needs of service users in different health and social care settings. Quality care provision is influenced by a set of ‘care values’, and students will practically demonstrate their ability to apply these as well as critically review their performance.
Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing (externally assessed) In this component, students will look at the factors that influence a person’s health and wellbeing. Students will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short- and long-term targets. Additionally, students will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.