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Health and Social Care

A GCSE Health and Social Care Lesson

A GCSE Health and Social Care Lesson

Staff within the department
Head of Health and Social Care KS4 and KS5 – Victoria Verrill
Teacher of Health and Social Care – Jane Gordon
Teacher of Health and Social Care – Hayley Briggs

GCSE Health & Social Care

About this qualification
This course is designed for learners who have an interest in Health and Social Care and wish to develop skills and learn theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within this sector.

What will learners study?
Learners must complete 3 mandatory units.

Unit 1: Improving the well-being of an individual
Learners will choose a client and carry out a range of testing techniques to measure and evaluate their health and then produce, implement and review a plan that will aim to make lifestyle changes that could improve their health. They will then review and evaluate the impact this plan has had on their chosen client.

Assessment: coursework – 30% of the technical award

Unit 2: Promoting healthy living
In this unit learners will research and evaluate existing health promotion campaigns and then plan and deliver their own health promotion campaign. This involves an element of creativity that learners will enjoy, particularly as they will have the freedom to choose the type of materials they produce, from posters or wall displays in school to promotional videos or radio scripts. At the end, learners will review and evaluate the success of their campaign.

Assessment: coursework – 30% of the technical award

Unit 3: Development through the life stages
Learners will study the fundamentals of health and social care and acquire the underpinning knowledge which will be relevant when considering future careers choices.

The unit covers:

  • the stages and patterns of human growth and development
  • expected development at each life stage
  • life events
  • sources of support/services for life events
  • roles of professionals from the sectors who are involved in supporting life event
  • definitions of health and well-being
  • factors influencing health and well-being

Assessment: external exam – 40% of the technical award

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College careers staff.

Health & Social Care Technical Diploma Level 3

Equivalent to two A-levels

The level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care has been developed for learners who want to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding within health, social care and education.

This qualification will provide students with skills knowledge and understanding that will allow them to progress onto higher education to study areas in Health, Social Care or Education.

Students will complete a range of external examinations and portfolio work.

Students will study a range of different topics:

  • building positive relationships in health and social care
  • equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • health, safety and security in health and social care
  • anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • infection control
  • personalisation and a person-centred approach to care
  • safeguarding
  • promoting health and wellbeing
  • sexual health, reproduction and early development stages
  • the impact of long term physiological conditions.

Work experience will be a compulsory aspect of this course to allow students to put the theory into practice.

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.