• Health & Social Care

Welcome

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Health and Social Care is a standalone subject at GCSE and is a vocational course.
Over the last 10 years the subject has grown in popularity as a KS4 option and is now thriving with two teaching groups in both Years 10 and 11.

All pupils following this course have an interest in the caring professions and many have gone on to the local colleges to study the subject further. They are planning to take up careers such as teaching, childcare, psychology, social work and midwifery.

While delivering the work for assessment, we also aim to foster the caring qualities in our pupils that are so important for work in this field.

KS4 information:

Students are studying the BTEC Technical award in Health and Social Care that offers a vocational approach to the subject with more real-life scenario based questions to better prepare students for college and work beyond school.

The Technical Award Units Are:

Component 1 and 2 make up 60% of the course and are coursework based; this means students complete essays in class and these are assessed by their class teacher.  Our students study a range of topics: Human development from birth to later adulthood; Major life events; Health and Social Care Services and barriers to accessing them and Care Values that are needed to work in health and social care.

Component 3 is worth 40% and is an externally marked exam. The exam is a synoptic exam meaning it tests all the topics that have been covered in the coursework and is based around one case study.

Next Steps:

Our students go onto study many different A-Levels from Psychology to Biology or they have the option of studying Level 3 BTEC Courses in Health and Social Care or Childcare. They have also gone onto complete apprenticeships in many caring professions such as: Nursery Nurse, Elderly Care and Nursing.  

The course is useful to anyone interested in working with people or caring for them. There are specific links however for pupils who want to work in a caring profession such as: Social Work, Medical Professions (from Nursing and Doctors to Paramedics), Speech and Language Therapy, Early Years, Primary or Secondary Education or Health.

A level or Level 3 Diploma at:

  • John Leggott college
  • Selby college
  • Pontefract college
  • North Linsey college

The course is useful to anyone interested in working with people or caring for them. There are specific links however for pupils who want to work in a caring profession such as: Social Work, Medical Professions (from Nursing and Doctors to Paramedics), Speech and Language Therapy, Early Years, Primary or Secondary Education or Health.

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