Social Sciences

Curriculum Sequence

Please click on the icons below to view the curriculum sequence for each Key Stage.  The curriculum sequence will show you what students should know and be able to do in the subject, alongside the key ‘tier 3’ subject specific vocabulary that your child needs to understand to allow them to access the deeper curriculum.  The curriculum sequence also lists the ‘key assessment questions’ each term/half term that your child will be asked during assessments to help your child to prepare effectively, as well as the ‘disciplinary rigour’ which explains the methods, conventions, rules and practices that are specific to that subject.

Child Development 

Law

Sociology

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care Extended Certificate

Psychology

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 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, law, psychology and sociology.

Curriculum Implementation

 

All social science 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 this growth mindset.

Our A Level subjects, Psychology and Sociology are both linear courses and are usually new subjects for our learners. Therefore, we initially induct students into the key themes of each subject such as culture, inequalities and the nature verses nurture debate. Specialist teachers use active lessons to deliver key content and then students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through making links to real life situations. Further developing the ability for students to see the synoptic links between topics and understand the holistic nature of their courses. Any misconceptions can then also be addressed. Weekly recall tasks are used to reinforce previous learning, focussed on key concepts whilst further imbedding links between topics. When studying research methods, mini projects are undertaken to bring the methods to life. Assessment and exam question planning and reflections take place regularly. Students develop the skills to interpret exam questions, plan how to answer them before writing a response. These responses are assessed by their teacher or a self / peer assessment takes place, which leads directly to reflection and target setting.

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.

KS4

Health and Social Care Current Year 11

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 3 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.

Child Development and Care Current Year 11

Child development involves the study of changes that happen to people from birth until adolescence. These can be physical, intellectual, emotional or social changes. We study the pattern in which children usually develop and how best to encourage their development. This is studied within the childcare context to prepare young people how best to nurture look after young children in a variety of settings; such as teachers in primary schools or therapists in the community.

We offer a CACHE level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care. This course consists of 2 units they include;

  1. An introduction to working with children aged 0 to 5 years; this unit involves studying the different settings available for children. The expectation of and responsibilities of an early years worker.
  2. Development and well-being 0 to 5 years; this unit includes studying the patterns of development in children, the factors that affect the development, how to support children’s development and well-being and major life transitions.

Learning is assessed through 2 pieces of coursework which make up 50% of the overall grade and one external exam which makes up 50% of the overall grade. This course is graded A* – D; this is the equivalent of between a grade three and a grade eight. Specialist teachers take classes in our own IT suites alongside theoretical topics which are studied within traditional classrooms.

KS5

Key Stage 5 Health and Social Care

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*.

There are several support sessions for student; they run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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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