Health and Social Care

Curriculum Intent

The social sciences are those subjects which examine and explain human society and behaviours. A diverse range of subjects, courses and topics are offered to students within the department.  We offer courses that are both vocational and traditional academic subjects. All of these courses are designed to equip students with knowledge and transferable skills in particular literacy, analysis and evaluation required for their futures.

All of our courses aim to prepare students for the next stage of their lives. This may be studying one of our subjects in greater depth or beginning training for a particular career pathway. At St Thomas More we offer courses in health and social care, child development and care, psychology and sociology.

KS4

This is a subject that develops the skills and knowledge needed to do well in any health care or social care role. We offer a CACHE level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care. The course consists of three units, they include;

  1. An introduction to the health and social care sector; this unit includes types of services, job roles, how to meet needs, access to services and quality assurance.
  2. Professional practice and the health and social care practitioner; this unit includes working as a team, the skills and attributes of practitioners, care values and working in a person centred way.
  3. Human growth and development through the life stages; this unit includes studying stages of development from conception through to late adulthood, significant life events and support services available.

Learning is assessed through three pieces of coursework which make up 55% of the overall grade and one external exam which makes up 45% of the overall grade. This is a level 2 course and is graded pass, merit or distinction. This is the equivalent of between a grade four and a grade eight. Specialist teachers take classes in our own IT suites alongside theoretical topics which are studied within traditional classrooms.

KS5

This vocational qualification provides a high-quality alternative pathway to A-levels, no prior knowledge is required from Key Stage 4. Knowledge and skills will be assessed through external examination and internal non-examined assessment. Students will enhance their learning beyond the classroom through engagement with universities, employers and industry specialists to make sure they acquire the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for a successful career in health and social care.

We offer two pathways at Key Stage 5:

  • Pathway 1 – OCR Cambridge Technicals Extended Certificate, equivalent to one full A-level.

Students will study the following units;

Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 90 minute examination.

Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 90 minute examination.

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 2 hour examination.

Unit 24 – Public Health. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 17 – Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Examined units are graded Near-Pass, Pass, Merit and Distinction. Internally assessed units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. This qualification pathway is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

  • Pathway 2 – OCR Cambridge Technicals Diploma, equivalent to two full A-levels.

Students will study the following units;

Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 90 minute examination.

Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 90 minute examination.

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 2 hour examination.

Unit 24 – Public Health. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 17 – Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 5 – Infection Control. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 6 – Personalisation and a Person-Centred Approach to Care. An externally examined unit assessed with one 90 minute examination.

Unit 7 – Safeguarding. An externally examined unit assessed with one 90 minute examination.

Unit 12 – Promoting Positive Behaviour. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 15 – Promoting Health and Well-Being. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Unit 22 – Psychology for Health and Social Care. An internally assessed coursework unit.

Examined units are graded Near-Pass, Pass, Merit and Distinction. Internally assessed units are graded Pass, Merit and Distinction. The qualification pathway is graded PP, PM, MM, MD, DD, DD*, D*D*.

Curriculum Implementation

All Health and Social Care lessons follow a common thread of being engaging and linked to real life situations. Lessons are tailored to meet the demands of relevant specifications and the needs of our learners. We promote a growth mindset amongst our students throughout all our communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Displays are present in our classrooms and starter activities regularly include tasks designed to promote growth mindset.

Our vocational subjects are modular, as a result, students receive a guide to each unit and are supported to reach the highest possible standard.  Each guide sets out the learning objectives and how to achieve the highest criteria for that unit. Key knowledge is delivered through class tasks and the analysis of case studies. Once fully equipped; students then produce coursework tasks to demonstrate their learning in a personalised way. These include role plays, posters, presentations and questions and answer sessions. This creates an inclusive environment where all students have the opportunity and are supported to achieve their potential.

All class materials and feedback are administered via teams to further support students and their independence. Regular tracking grids support students to track and take responsibility for their progress and regular reviews take place throughout the course. We maintain links with past students and have “walls of fame” in key classrooms; highlighting their achievement and pathway to success. Past students also visit our classes and delivers talks about their careers to further students understanding the relevant sector and act as role models.  In preparation for examinations active revision strategies are utilised alongside exam question practice and analysis.

Tips and Advice

There are several support sessions for Key stage students. They run on alternate lunchtimes on Tuesday and Wednesdays. They also run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school for 1 hour. Within these sessions coursework can be completed, misconceptions squashed and exam / assessment preparation can take place. The timetable for these sessions is displayed in our classrooms.

There are several excellent documentaries that chart what it is like to work in social science environment particularly for Health and Social Care. An easy way to boost your knowledge and understanding would be to watch some of these. Such as Life and Birth on the NHS, 24 Hours in A and E or Catching a Killer.

Health and Social Care Level 2

www.qualhub.co.uk/qualification-search/qualification-detail/ncfe-cache-level-2-technical-award-in-health-and-social-care-562#SupportMaterials

Health and Social Care CTEC Level 3

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals/health-and-social-care/

Subject Leader Information

For more information or if you have any questions please use the contact details below.

Mrs J Burton – Head of Department – JBurton@stmca.org.uk

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