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Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care covers a broad range of subjects which include Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health & Social Care, Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs, Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.

Health and Social Care will appeal to those student who enjoy studying a subject directly relevant to their lives and experience and who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of caring organisations and the people they serve.

Studying Health and Social Care provides a multitude of career opportunities with progression routes into diverse, exciting and rewarding professions in this sector.  Many of our ex-students are now studying to become primary teachers, nurses, radiographers or health promotion specialists.  Other students continue their training in the workforce and are now working in our local schools and nurseries.

We offer a variety of different BTECs in Health and Social Care, all of which are highly respected by universities and employers.

As a vocational student you will:
•    Develop a knowledge and understanding of the wide range of issues within Health & Social Care.
•    Show empathy for differing client groups.
•    Be confident and competent when engaging with HSC professionals.
•    Develop a range of varied and essential skills relevant to employment and higher education.
Many students then go on to university to study a Health & Social Care based degree such as Nursing, Social Work or Primary Teaching.   It is a dynamic and engaging subject area which provides an excellent platform for students wanting to pursue a career in any of the following areas:
•     Nursing and midwifery
•     Social work and social services
•     Teaching and Early childhood studies
•     Paramedic and Ambulance services
•     Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
•     Optometry and pharmaceutical dispensary
•     Medicine and dentistry
Our courses aim to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully with people, in a wide range of contexts, with an emphasis on diversity, empathy and professionalism.
All courses are delivered and assessed using a variety of teaching and learning methods to meet the needs of our learners.
Including:
•     Guest speakers and  school visits
•     Practical skills: including first aid training,
•     Work experience placements
•     Presentations (individual and group)

At Key Stage 4 we offer:

Level 2                                                                                        Equivalent to  1 GCSE

The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care is a vocationally-related qualification that consists of four units. Two will be completed in Year 10 and two in Year 11. Three of the units are assessed by coursework and one of them is assessed by an external exam. 

The units include 'Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings' and Communicating and working with individuals in health and social care settings'. 

At Key Stage 5 we offer:

Level 3                                                                                        Equivalent to

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (4 Units)                                  1 A Level
BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care (8 Units)                         2 A Levels
BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (13 Units)         3 A Levels
All of the courses are run over two years and there is a variety of assessment methods. Most of the units are assessed by written assignments which are set and marked internally by the class teacher. However, two of the units for the Extended Certificate and the Diploma (three for the Extended Diploma) are assessed with a written exam, set and marked externally, and one unit for the Diploma and Extended Diploma is assessed by controlled assessment. 

The Team
The Department is run by a team of highly skilled teachers from diverse backgrounds, each with extensive experience working in the fields of nursing and midwifery, health promotion and social services and child protection.

Ms D Neal (Head of Department)
Ms R Smith
Ms E Cannon                                                                                                                                                                  Ms F Akinyeye

Ms M Thomas

Ms P Mason

We are also lucky enough to have many high-quality teachers from other subject areas, such as Science and Psychology, teaching specialist units.