Our Curriculum in Health & Social Care
In year 9 pupils are exposed to key areas of Health and Social care. They start by taking part in a communications unit where they explore the role of communication in health and social care setting. They then investigate the importance of communication in health and social and reflect on how communication can help service users.
A key theme of Health and Social care is barriers that service users may face and in Year 9 students explore barriers to communication in health and social care settings such as hearing impairment. They then reflect on ways to use communication to overcome barriers and explain and justify the importance of overcoming barriers. In the second half of Year 9 students undertake a creative and therapeutic activities unit. Here they explore different health and social care settings such as domiciliary care, day care and community groups. Students will then look into different activities that can be found within these settings, paying particular attention to how appropriate and beneficial they are to the service user.
Students develop key health and social care skills such as being able to identify and describe activities that take place within a health and social care setting. They will also be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of therapy, with attention being paid to physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. From this the students will then be able to assess their appropriateness in different setting and develop comparative skills.
In year 10 we start completing the coursework elements of the course. In Health and Social Care there are two coursework units and each is broken down into 2 separate pieces of work. The first unit is Human Lifespan Development and the first piece of coursework is Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it. Pupils learn about different life stages and how PIES (Physical, Intellectual, Emotion, Social) develop across each lifestage. We then explore Physical factors, such as diet, Social and Cultural factors, such as role models, and Economic factors, such as poverty and explain how they can impact on a persons PIES development across different life stages. The second piece of coursework in this unit is Investigate how individuals deal with life events.
We explore different types of life events including expected (e.g. marriage) and unexpected (death) and the impact that these can have on a person. Students also research the sources support that someone may need to help them through difficult situations and the types of support that they can give. This includes investigating formal support, such as a doctor, informal, such as friends and family and voluntary such as charities. Students apply their knowledge to two case studies and demonstrate their understanding through writing about what may happen. In the third term of Year 10 students start work on the second unit of study Health and Social Care Services and Values. The first piece of coursework in this unit is Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them. Students learn about the different types of health care providers such as Primary care (e.g. GP, Dentist, Opticians), Secondary/Tertiary care (e.g. specialist care such as dermatologist) and Allied care (e.g. physiotherapy) and their role and responsibilities. We also study different social care services and look at which service users may use them for example services for young people such as foster care. Students then recap the barriers knowledge from Year 9 and apply how barriers may impact on service users being able to access local services.
Students advance on the key writing skills that they learnt in year 9 applying them to writing up their coursework. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills are developed throughout their coursework. The skills learnt will be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas. Due to the nature of the coursework element pupils also learn key life skills such as independence, time management skills and resilience.
In year 11 we start with focussing on the exam element of the course with the exam taking place in the January of year 11. The exam unit is on Health and Wellbeing and learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan. Within this unit we look at physiological and lifestyle indicators including physical indicators like genetic conditions, ill health, diet, exercise, substance abuse and personal hygiene, Social/Emotional factors like stress, relationships, willingness to seek help, Economic factors and Environmental factors such as pollution and housing.
Pupils are then taught how to interpret health indicators such as pulse, blood pressure, peak flow and BMI and the risks posed to health. The final part of the exam is creating a health and well being plan where pupils are taught about SMART targets and how to create a plan around a number of health issues. The final coursework unit in year 11 is Demonstrate care values and review own practice. Pupils learn about and then through a role play demonstrate the different care values that are vital in a health and social care career. Students then review their own practice evaluating the successes and improvements that they would need to make if they were to do it again.
Students advance on the key writing skills that they have learnt throughout health and social care applying them to writing up their coursework. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills are developed throughout their coursework. The skills learnt will be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas. Students learn real life health and social care skills which could be transferred into real life job roles. They learn how to demonstrate care value skills such as empathy, independence and communication skills. They also learn how to write a health and care plan which teaches them valuable lessons in targeting setting and making targets specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed.