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Health & Social Care

The Health and Social care department seeks to have high aspirations for all our students. We celebrate and value diversity, support all students to progress during their time with us, and encourage them to achieve the best that they are capable of and therefore transform lives through our high expectations and standards. We seek to design, implement (and evaluate) a curriculum which offers breadth and balance, impacts on students’ personal development and welfare and has a positive impact on Level 2 Cambridge National and Level 3 BTEC Pearson Edexcel National results. While we support students to develop their knowledge and skills, we encourage them to ask questions, develop their understanding and build confidence in their own abilities and build challenge into all our lessons which supports all students to make exceptional progress in their learning.  Our curriculum is designed to empower all students to develop skills and values that will provide them with transferable tools to enable them to become successful, influential and responsible citizens in an evolving global world, thus enhancing their employability when leaving education.
 

KEYSTAGE 4

The main aim of this course is to provide a strong study programme in the Health and Social Care sector, offering depth and breadth of knowledge whilst encouraging you to become independent and creative learners. The range of units available will prepare you for post-16 study. This is a two year course, made up of 4 units; 2 mandatory units and 2 optional units. 3 units are internally assessed with students submitting coursework and 1 is externally assessed which means the course is structured as 75% internal assessment. The Health and Social Care course is a vocationally-related qualification which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge of how to meet the needs of individuals using the services, students gain employability skills along with learning life skills for everyday use. The course will also challenge all students by introducing them to demanding materials and skills, encouraging independence and creativity. We develop skills in empathy and listening, perseverance, commitment, humility, good manners, confidence as well as seeking and responding to feedback.

 

Mandatory units:

•Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external assessment Written paper OCR set and marked 1 hour) This unit will provide students with an understanding of how to provide quality care for individuals, helping them to achieve their goals and how to apply the values of care so that individuals feel valued. Students will learn about key legislation and the impact it has on different care settings.

•Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (internal assessment) - This unit will provide students with essential knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills through role play assessments.

Optional units:

•Understanding body systems and disorders (internal assessment) – This unit will provide students with an understanding of how body systems work, the main disorders that affect body systems and knowledge of how to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates with reference to the functioning of healthy body systems

•Understanding life stages (internal assessment) – In this unit you will explore how people in the health, social care and early years settings support others throughout their life stages. Including how medical conditions may affect progress through the life stages and how a support plan can be used by professionals to support this transition.

KS4 Overview and Assessments 

TERM YEAR 10 YEAR 11
Autumn Term 1
  • R023 - Understanding body systems and disorders
  • L01: Know how body systems work (first coursework assessment submitted)
  • R021- Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (first mock exam)
Autumn Term 2
  • R023 - Understanding body systems and disorders
  • L02: Understand disorders that affect body systems. (second coursework assessment submitted)
  • R021 - Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (second mock exam)
Spring Term 1
  • R023 - Understanding body systems and disorders
  • L03: Be able to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates with reference to the functioning of healthy body systems. (final coursework assessment submitted)  
  • Final grade for Unit R023 Understanding body systems and disorders
  • R021 - Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings January terminal exam.
  • R025 - Understanding life stages
  • L01: Understand the stages of development from young people to adulthood (first coursework assessment submitted)
Spring Term 2
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings

  • L01: Understand how to communicate effectively (first coursework assessment submitted)

  • R021 – March grades released. Remarks and summer resits arranged.
  • R025 - Understanding life stages
  • L02: Understand the ageing process in older adulthood
  •  L03: Know which medical conditions may affect progress through the life stages (second coursework assessment submitted)
Summer Term 1
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
  • L02: Understand the personal qualities that contribute to effective care (second coursework assessment submitted)
 
Summer Term 2
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
  • L03: Be able to communicate effectively within a health, social care and early years setting. (final coursework assessment submitted)
  • Final grade for R022  Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
 

EXAM BOARD AND WEIGHTINGS 

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National in Health and Social Care, is a Level 1/2 course and is the equivalent of 1 GCSE and is marked as Pass, Merit or Distinction. The grading for the course overall is: Level 1 Pass (1 grade), Level 1 Merit (2 grade), Level 1 Distinction (3 grade), Level 2 Pass (4 grade), Level 2 Merit (5 Grade), Level 2 Distinction (6 grade) and Level 2 Distinction* (7 grade).

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNTIES AT KEYSTAGE 4

The department offers after school and lunchtime support for all Health and Social Care students in years 10-11 with Sixth Form Health and Social Care Learning Leaders by arrangement with individual teachers.

USEFUL WEBSITES, RESOURCES, REVISION MATERIALS AND EXEMPLAR WORK

 

 

  • My Revision notes: Cambridge National Level 1/2 Health and Social Care ISBN 151042945X, 9781510429451.    This is a useful revision guide to help prepare for the exam

KEYSTAGE 5 

Due to an ageing population and advances in medical technology and practices, the demand for qualified health and social care professionals has never been greater.  Our Health and Social Care courses are ideal for students wishing to develop a career in environments such as Social Services, the NHS, charity and voluntary sectors; working with older people, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people.

We offer two courses. The Extended Diploma, equivalent to 3 A levels and taken in 3 option blocks and the Extended Certificate, equivalent to 1 A level and taken in 1 option block alongside 2 other A levels.

 

BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

This qualification is the equivalent in size to one A Level over two years. There are 4 units in total. 2 of these are assessed by exams and the other 2 units are coursework units that are internally assessed. This course provides a broad basis of study for the Health and Social Care sector and is designed to support progression into careers in this area.

The units completed in Year 12 are:

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development and the factors that affect these. This unit is externally assessed through 1 exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Skills developed: This unit serves as an introduction to health and social care needs and so will sit at the heart of the qualification.

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs

This unit introduces you to the values and issues that need to be considered when planning care and support that meet the needs of an individual in a health and social care environment. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Skills developed in this unit will be useful if you are intending to pursue a career in social care or healthcare, for instance as a social worker or health visitors, practice nurse or occupational therapist. The unit will also be invaluable if you wish to progress to higher education, to degrees in areas such as health and social care management, social work and nursing.

The units completed in Year 13 are:

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

This unit will help students to understand what it is like to work in the health and social care sector. When working for an organisation in this sector, you will have important responsibilities that you need to understand and carry out.

These include maintaining the safety of and safeguarding individuals with health and social care needs, making sure that you properly handle their personal information and preventing discrimination towards them. This unit will be externally assessed through 1 exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care 

This unit will explore the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in health and social care settings. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Students complete all of the above units and:

The units completed in Year 12 are:

Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

This unit covers the structure, organisation and function of the human body, and anatomical and physiological systems and medical research related to disorders affecting these systems. This unit will be externally assessed through 1 exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Skills developed: This content will serve as an introduction to most health care professions and so will sit at the heart of the qualification.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

This unit will examine how work experience can help students to develop personal and professional skills, such as communication and teamwork, and to understand more about the expectations of different professional roles. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Skills developed: This is a practical unit which will support your work experience placement in health and social care and provide a foundation for you to develop, apply and reflect on knowledge and skills in a realistic situation. 

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

In this unit learners explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Skills developed: You will carry out a variety of activities that will help you gain the skills necessary for progression to higher education in many subject areas including psychology, health and social care, nursing and medical practice

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care

In this unit learners explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Skills developed: This unit will form a good basis for higher education study in health and social work courses and nursing qualifications. The information and activities will also help to prepare you for a variety of careers within the health and social care sector.

Unit 19: Nutritional Health

In this unit learners explore concepts of nutritional health and influences on dietary intake, and learn how to assess and improve health through nutrition plans for individuals. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Skills developed: you will develop practical skills in promoting nutritional health through the creation of a nutritional health improvement plan. These activities will prepare you for a variety of careers in the health and social care sector, such as dietitians, nutrition consultants and nutrition educators. This unit will form a good basis for aspects of higher education study in social work courses and nursing qualifications

The units completed in Year 13 are:

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

This unit covers the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for health and social care practice and services. This unit is externally assessed through 1 exam lasting 3 hours.

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

This unit will explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

In this unit learners study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

In this unit learners explore the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individuals with additional needs. This unit will be internally assessed through coursework assignments.

 

TERM  YEAR 12 

Autumn Term 1

 

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – First Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care. Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 19 Nutritional Health: Learning aim A: Understand concepts of nutritional health and characteristics of essential nutrients. Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care. Learning aim A: Examine the benefits of work experience in health and social care for own learning and development. Coursework submitted. 

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Learning aim A: Examine how psychological perspectives contribute to the understanding of human development and behaviour.

Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Autumn Term 2

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – Second Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care. Second Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 19 Nutritional Health: Learning aim A: Understand concepts of nutritional health and characteristics of essential nutrients. Coursework submitted.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care. Learning aim B: Develop a work experience plan to support own learning and development   Coursework submitted. 

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Learning aim A: Examine how psychological perspectives contribute to the understanding of human development and behaviour.

Coursework submitted. 
Spring Term 1

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – External exam in January.

Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care. External exam in January.

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care

Learning aim A: Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders. Coursework submitted. 

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs

Learning aim A: Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the care and support needs of individuals. Coursework submitted. 

Unit 19 Nutritional Health: Learning aim B: Examine factors affecting dietary intake and nutritional health. Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care. First work experience placement.   

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Learning aim B: Examine the contribution of psychological perspectives to the management and treatment of service users’ specific behaviours

Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Spring Term 2 

Unit 1 and unit 3 results back in March. Resits and/or remarks decided.

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs. Learning aim B: Examine the ethical issues involved when providing care and support to meet individual needs. Coursework submitted. 

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care

Learning aim B: Examine the investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders  Coursework submitted. 

Unit 19 Nutritional Health: Learning aim B: Examine factors affecting dietary intake and nutritional health.

Coursework submitted.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care. Learning aim C: Carry out work experience tasks to meet set objectives Coursework submitted. 

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Learning aim B: Examine the contribution of psychological perspectives to the management and treatment of service users’ specific behaviours

Coursework submitted. 
Summer Term 1

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs

Learning aim C: Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges. Coursework submitted.   

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care

Learning aim C: Examine treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders  Coursework submitted. 

Unit 19 Nutritional Health: Learning aim C: Plan nutrition to improve individuals’ nutritional health. Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care. Second work experience placement. 

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Learning aim C: Examine how psychological perspectives are applied in health and social care settings  Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Summer Term 2

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs

Learning aim D: Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs. Coursework submitted.  

Final grade for Unit 5

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care

Learning aim D: Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorders to meet their needs  Coursework submitted. 

Final grade for Unit 14.

Unit 19 Nutritional Health: Learning aim C: Plan nutrition to improve individuals’ nutritional health. Coursework submitted.

Final grade for Unit 19.

Unit 6: Work Experience in Health and Social Care. Learning aim D: Reflect on how work experience influences own personal and professional development  Coursework submitted. 

Final grade for Unit 6.

Unit 11: Psychological Perspectives

Learning aim C: Examine how psychological perspectives are applied in health and social care settings  Coursework submitted.

Final grade for Unit 11.

 

TERM YEAR 13 
Autumn Term 1

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

First Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

First Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Learning aim A: Understand how sociological concepts and perspectives are applied to the study of health and social care 

Coursework submitted. 

Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Learning aim A: Examine reasons why individuals may experience additional needs 

Coursework submitted. 

Autumn Term 2

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

Second Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Second Mock exam at the end of the half term.

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Learning aim B: Examine how sociological approaches support understanding of models and concepts of health 

Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Learning aim B: Examine how to overcome the challenges to daily living faced by people with additional needs 

Underpinning knowledge for assignment.

Spring Term 1

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

External exam in January.

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Learning aim A: Examine how a duty of care contributes to safe practice in health and social care settings Coursework submitted. 

Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

External exam in January.

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

Learning aim A: Examine strategies for developing public health policy to improve the health of individuals and the population 

Coursework submitted. 

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Learning aim B: Examine how sociological approaches support understanding of models and concepts of health 

Coursework submitted. 

Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Learning aim B: Examine how to overcome the challenges to daily living faced by people with additional needs 

Coursework submitted. 

Spring Term 2

Unit 2 and unit 4 results back in March. Resits and/or remarks decided.

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Learning aim B: Understand how to recognise and respond to concerns about abuse and neglect in health and social care settings 

Coursework submitted. 

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

Learning aim B: Examine the factors affecting health and the impact of addressing these factors to improve public health 

Coursework submitted. 

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Learning aim C: Examine how social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends affect health and social care delivery 

Coursework submitted. 

Unit 12: Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs Learning aim C: Investigate current practice with respect to provision for individuals with additional needs 

Coursework submitted. 

Final grade for Unit 12.

Summer Term 1

Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care 

Learning aim C: Investigate the influence of health and safety legislation and policies in health and social care settings and Learning aim D: Explore procedures to maintain health and safety and respond to accidents and emergencies in health and social care settings

Coursework submitted

Final grade for unit 7

Unit 8: Promoting Public Health

Learning aim C: Investigate how health is promoted to improve the health of the population and Learning aim D: Investigate how health promotion encourages individuals to change their behaviour in relation to their own health. 

Coursework submitted. 

Final grade for Unit 8

Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

Coursework submitted. 

Final grade for Unit 10.

EXAM BOARD AND WEIGHTING 

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (1080 GLH) 601/7198/4 (13 units: 4 examined externally by exams and 9 internally by coursework)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (360 GLH) 601/7197/2  (4 units: 2 examined externally by exams and 2 internally by coursework)

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT KEYSTAGE 5

The department offers students a variety of enrichment activities, including visits to local health, social care and early years services. It also offers study support, peer mentoring and intensive revision booster sessions leading up to the examinations.

• 100 hours (3 weeks) of work experience placements in the Health and Social Care sector for Extended Diploma students and 1 week work experience for the Extended Diploma students.

•Guest speakers from a range of health and social care professionals

•Visits to a range of HE institutions

•UCAS Week

•Careers focus

•First Aid Training

 

USEFUL WEBSITES, RESOURCES, REVISION MATERIALS AND EXEMPLAR WORK

 

Textbooks

  • Barett S (editor) – Communication Relationships and Care (Routledge, 2004) ISBN 9781412922852
  • Collins S – Effective Communication (Jessica Kingsley, 2009) ISBN 9781843109273
  • Langridge E, Bossons L, Boys D, Mitchie V, Roe J – BTEC National Health and Social Care Book 1 (Nelson Thornes, 2007) ISBN 9780748784042
  • Nolan Y – NVQ/SVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care Candidate Handbook, 2nd Edition (Heinemann, 2008) ISBN 9780435466992
  • Mamen M – Understanding Non-Verbal Learning Disability (Jessica Kingsley, 2007) ISBN 9781843105930
  • Moss B – Communication Skills for Health and Social Care (Sage Ltd, 2007) ISBN 9781412922852
  • Poutney J – Your Role as a Disability Support Worker (Heinemann, 2007) ISBN 9780435500009
  • Stretch B, Whitehouse M – BTEC National Health and Social Care Book 1 (Heinemann, 2007) ISBN 9780435499150
  • Stretch B (editor) – Core Themes in Health and Social Care (series) (Heinemann, 2007) ISBN 9780435464257
  • Stretch B and Whitehouse M – BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care Student Book 1 (Pearson, 2010) ISBN 9781846907663
  • Stretch B and Whitehouse M – BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care Student Book 2 (Pearson, 2010) ISBN 9781846907470
  • Thompson N – People Skills (Palgrave McMillan, 2009) ISBN 9780230221123

 

Journals and magazines

 

Websites

 

WHO'S IN THE TEAM?
 

  • Ms D. Neal, Head of Health and Social Care 
  • Ms. R. Smith, Teacher of Health and Social Care
  • Ms. E. Cannon, Teacher of Health and Social Care/Sixth Form Work Experience Coordinator
  • Ms. F.  Akinyeye, Teacher of Health and Social Care
  • Ms. M. Thomas, Teacher of Health and Social Care
  • Ms. P.  Mason, Teacher of Health and Social  Care
  • Ms. K. Smith, Teacher of Health and Social Care/Head of Psychology

 

Faculty email addresses

  • Ms D. Neal – dneal@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk
  • Ms R. Smith – rsmith@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk
  • Ms F. Akinyeye – fakinyeye@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk
  • Ms E. Cannon - ecannon@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk
  • Ms N. Harrigan - nharrigan@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk
  • Ms K. Smith - ksmith@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk