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Health and Social Care

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In Health and Social Care students learn about all of the services that are available from Health and Social Care providers in the UK. About 3 million people work in Health and Social Care. Some of the health care roles include Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Assistants, while social care roles are varied and can include Care Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Counsellors. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Topics that are investigated in KS4 include human lifespan development, equality and diversity, legislation, services available, health and wellbeing.

At KS4 students complete the BTEC level 1/2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care. This is a 3 component course assessed by both coursework and a formal assessment (exam).

Component 1 Human Lifespan Development (coursework) – stages of development and factors that influence people’s lives.

Component 2 Health and Social Care Services and Values (coursework) – services available to meet service user needs and application of the care values.

Component 3 Health and Wellbeing (exam) – health and wellbeing indicators, how to measure health and designing a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

Students take part in a wide variety of activities as part of the qualification and present their work using different formats. The qualification is worth the equivalent of 1 GCSE. Student retention is very high on this course and achievement is excellent. Many students move on to the level 3 Health and Social Care course at Treviglas and have had successful future careers in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education and as Paramedics.