Health & Social Care

Department Information

Year 9

Health and Social Care

Summer

In the summer term students are given the opportunity to begin to understand the values that underpin care in British society, focusing on safeguarding, dignity and confidentiality. They also have the opportunity to explore organisations where care has fallen short of the expectations set out and examine the reasons why.

Autumn

In this term students begin to explore human growth and development in children and how they develop fine and gross motor skills and speech. The also explore the importance of attachment and play. Students also explore healthy lifestyles including the importance of diet and exercise.

Alongside this students are given the opportunity to enter the Step into the NHS competition that allows them to explore the range of jobs within the NHS. From this they have to design an advertisement for a particular job role. These are then entered into a national competition.

Spring

In the final half term students are given the opportunity to look at first aid and it’s importance when providing care. They will be guided to look at the range of common first aid situation and how to respond to them.

Finally students will be able to explore the fun side of Health and Social Care and plan and carry out a creative activity. This then gives them the opportunity to explore how creative activities can benefit an individual physically, intellectually emotionally and socially.

The pre option course does not lead to a qualification however it does underpin the themes of the GCSE therefore students begin to be equipped for the demands of GCSE.

Child Development

Summer

During the first half term students explore the functions of the family and it’s role in meeting the needs of children. They also develop an awareness of the different family structures in a culturally diverse country.

They then begin to look at the factors that should be considered when couples are planning to start a family. They then study the biology of reproduction and conception, followed by the stages of pregnancy, labour and birth.

Finally in the summer term students are given the chance to develop the skills needed to care for a newborn baby including bathing and changing nappies.

Autumn

This term sees students exploring the development of the child covering a range of physical, intellectual, emotional and social milestones. The concept of play is then looked at in relation to how this supports the development of the child.

Spring

In the final term students then learn about the services that are available to children and their families and how they can be used to support children in their development and provide additional support to families.

The final half term will see students carrying out a child study where they observe a child’s development and compare it to the expected norms.

The pre option course does not lead to a qualification however it does underpin the themes of the GCSE therefore students begin to be equipped for the demands of GCSE.

Year 10 or 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

Health and Social Care

Summer

In the summer term students begin to develop an understanding of the subject knowledge for completion of a 45 hour controlled assessment. They explore the care needs of individuals, types of care services, ways of obtaining care services and the barriers to accessing services. Students also look at the roles of professionals in health and social care services and the principles of care.

Autumn

Work from the summer term is continued at the start of this term with students completing their controlled assessment.

Spring

In this term students begin to prepare for their external examination and cover the following topics.

  • Human growth and development;
  • The factors affecting growth and development;
  • The development of self-concept;
  • Life changes and sources of support.

The Health and Social Care course leads to 1 GCSE qualification at grades A*-G

Child Development

Summer

During the summer term students in years 10 and 11 familiarise themselves with the structure and function of the family, they learn about the changing roles of the family, and times when children need to be cared for away from the family. They also learn about the factors to consider when starting a family, the essentials needed for a baby and how to provide a safe environment.

Alongside this they begin to look in detail at the development of the child exploring physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social development. They also look at learning through play and at the toys games and activities that can be used to promote development in children.

Autumn

In this term student begin their child study worth 40% of their final grade, in this study students have to observe the development of a child over a period of time and compare it to the expected developmental norms for a child of that age. In addition to this students also have to plan and carry out activities with the child and produce work in timed and controlled conditions within the classroom.

Students continue to study topics such as reproduction, pre-conceptual care, antenatal care, labour and birth. During this term students also complete a ‘research task’ into one of these areas. They are expected to plan their task, conduct primary and secondary research and analyse their finding to produce an information booklet which they then have to evaluate. The research task is work 20% of the student’s final mark.

Spring

The focus in the spring term is on completing the child study and exam preparation. Students will explore further topics such as post natal care, family bonding and postnatal depression.

The final topics to be covered are the care of babies and young children including, a healthy diet, breast v’s bottle, weaning, hygiene and child health. The final weeks of the course will focus on exam preparation and past exam papers which will then help students to be prepared for their external examinations.

The Child Development course leads to 1 GCSE qualification at grades A*-G

Department Staff:

Mrs V Taylor [email protected]

Ms S Pullan

Clubs:

There are no clubs offered by the department however staff are always available after school to support students with coursework, controlled assessment and exam preparation.

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice:

Exam Boards

http://www.wjec.co.uk/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

Good Health

http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating/Pages/Healthyeating.aspx

Illness and Disease

http://www.patient.co.uk/directory/illness-and-disease

http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx

Caring Skills

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/vtc-home/vtc-aas-home/vtc-aas-health_social_care

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/ks4-hsc-web-unit

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