Health and Social

GCSE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (SINGLE AWARD)

This GCSE is designed to enable students to understand a range of needs of people in health settings such as hospitals, social care settings such as social services, residential care and early years settings such as play groups, nurseries and special educational needs. This also enables the students to understand how the needs are met. The GCSE helps develop skills needed to work with a variety of people, vulnerable groups and short and long term needs. Career pathways include: social work, nursing, midwifery, youth work, police, teaching, community work, probation etc.

Unit A911: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision
  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • The ways people can obtain services and the possible barriers that could prevent people from gaining access to services
  • The types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are organised
  • The principles of care that underpin all care work
  • The main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years services
  • 60 marks
  • 60% of the total GCSE marks
  • Controlled assessment task
  • This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated
  • This is carried out through controlled assessment (written up under exam conditions)
Unit A912: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships
  • The stages and pattern of human growth and development
  • The different factors that can affect human growth and development
  • The development of self-concept and different types of relationships
  • Major life changes and sources of support
  • 60 marks
  • 40% of the total GCSE marks
  • 1 hour written paper
  • Candidates answer all questions
  • This unit is externally assessed (exam)
GCE A LEVEL HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

This A level is designed to enable students to understand a range of issues of people in health settings such as hospitals, social care settings such as social services, residential care and early years settings such as play groups, nurseries and special educational needs. It addresses legislation, social issues and needs of vulnerable groups. Social policy is also addressed and the protection of vulnerable people in a variety of wide ranging care organisations.Career pathways include: social work, nursing, midwifery, youth work, police, teaching, community work, probation etc.

Examination Board: Edexcel

This subject comprises three units at AS and three units at A2. Two units are assessed by externally set and marked examinations. The remaining four units are assessed through internally marked assignments, moderated by the exam board.

YEAR 12 AS LEVEL COURSE
UNIT 1 (examined): Human Growth and Development

This unit covers all aspects of human growth and development throughout the life stages, genetic and environmental factors influencing growth and development. Students will study the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of an individual’s health. Areas of health promotion will be studied so that they develop an understanding of the NHS, government and local health issues.

UNIT 2 (assignment): Communication and Values in Health and Social Care

This examines the importance of communication in all caring activities including communication skills, the transmission of the care value base and experiencing one-to-one and group interactions. This unit allows students to have work experience in a care setting, so they can witness the varying types of communication and care being carried out.

UNIT 3 (assignment): Positive Care Environments

This deals with the importance of care practitioners understanding the diverse society we live in, the rights of service users, and the policies and legislation that protect vulnerable clients. It enables students to develop a deeper understanding of how the health and social care sector is growing and becoming more important in society.