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Health and Social Care

Subject Leader: Miss T. Ireson / Teachers: Mrs K Pickering & Mrs Khanum

Health and Social Care is offered at Coppice Performing Arts School to all students in Key Stage 4 and 5. The department provides students with the opportunity to explore a vocational area that gives them an opportunity to find out about different health and social care settings and the world of work, while keeping open their ability to continue further studies and higher education. Both Key Stage 4 and 5 offer opportunities for students to interact with members of the community and experience different working environments.

Learning Environment & Resources

The Health and Social Care Department is situated within the Communications Zone and is fully equipped with exclusive access to computers and laptops.

Schemes of work are designed to enable staff to regularly review progress through formative and summative assessments and provide appropriate feedback, to ensure all students reach their potential.

In common with the rest of the school, all teaching areas have interactive white boards. The school network allows both students and teachers to access an extensive range of teaching materials for use during lessons or for private study. Students can also access their word processed feedback and tracking information in order to enable them to identify their own progress whilst being able to identify areas of improvement. The department is fully committed to developing student's ability to be responsible for their own learning through promotion of independent learning.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

BTEC Level 2 in Health and Social Care

For this two year course students will complete two core units and two optional units. One of these units is externally assessed and accounts for 25% of the total mark with the remaining 75% being written coursework.

This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE graded A* - C. During the course students will gain an understanding of:

  • Human lifespan development (externally assessed) – How we grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. How different factors can influence our growth and development, different life events that occur throughout the life stages and how these can affect development.
  • Care values within Health and Social Care – An insight into how different care values are followed within a variety of health and social care settings. Students will assess the effects of the values not being followed whilst making recommendations for improvement. Students will then investigate ways in which individuals can be empowered whilst looking into how to take individual needs into account.
  • Effective communication within Health and Social Care – Students will investigate both effective and ineffective communication within Health and Social Care settings. Students will then look at barriers to communication along with analysing ways to overcome these. Students will then evaluate the effectiveness of their own communication skills for both one-to-one and group interactions.
  • The impact of nutrition on health and well-being – Students will explore what is meant by a balanced diet and its effects on the body. Students will also explore what is meant by an unbalanced diet and how this may lead to various types of ill health. Students will explore the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of their lives.

Post 16 (Years 12 and 13)

For post 16 we offer two courses:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (equiv. 1 A level)

For this course students have five taught session per week and one independent study period.

Students will cover 4 units of work over the two years. Each unit provides students with a variety of skills and knowledge that are transferable to potential careers and higher education.

The units students will cover include:

  • Human lifespan development (external examination)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (external examination)
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Psychological Perspectives

Completing the extended certificate will provide students with a good understanding of how individuals grow and develop throughout the different life stages. Students will progress onto investigating and analysing different job roles with health and social care settings.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (equiv. 2 A Levels)

For this course students have eight taught sessions per week and two independent study periods.

Students will complete the same four units as the Extended Certificate plus four additional units. These units include:

  • Human lifespan development (external examination)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (external examination)
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting public health
  • Enquiries into current research in health and social care (Controlled assessment)
  • Nutritional health

This course offers a detailed insight into the health and social care sector. Along with investigating how individuals grow and develop throughout the life stages, students will look at principles of safe practice whilst understanding how to apply legislations and policies to different situations. The course allows students to investigate psychological perspectives and carry out extensive research linked to topical issues within health and social care. The course offers a variety of externally assessed units and written coursework units.

Extra-curricular Activities & Events

Level 2 – Students carry out a Creative and Therapeutic Day where they plan and carry out activities for members of the community. Work experience is carried out where students interact with individuals from different life stages.

Level 3 – Students are given the opportunity to attend an Open Day at The Beacon Centre for the Blind where after receiving training they assist the members of the centre for the day. All students carry out extensive work experience. Students are involved in organising a Macmillan coffee morning and plan and carry out a health fair focusing on topical health issues.