Health and Social Care curriculum intent

About 3 million people in the UK work in the health and social care sector, that is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people.  Demand for both health and social care is liable to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it is indisputable that it plays a key role in UK society.  The demand for people to fill these vital careers will therefore continue to increase. 

The Health and Social care department will nurture every student through their journey to develop their resilience, expression and independence, growing into well-rounded individuals to succeed in today’s diverse society. Complimenting other subjects’ and the wider school, students will experience and study a vast range of Health and Social Care topic areas requiring them to demonstrate maturity and respect for others, coupled with high expectations means students will aspire to excellence. Students will become confident and fully prepared to manage their emotions for the many challenges and opportunities they face for their health and well-being, preparing them for life and inspiring them to work in Modern Britain.

Students learn how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to later adulthood,the factors that may affect this, such as predictable and unpredictable events. Students will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy and applying knowledge through the use of case studies. The curriculum allows students to secure skills for their social development, through culture capital content understanding how people are individual and can adapt to changes using local and national health and social care support.Learners will also research health and social care services in their local community.  They will look at how people access the local health and social care services provided and the support that is given in the local community.  Learners will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios.  Learners will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health to design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve their health and wellbeing.   It will also be an intention to raise student aspirations by developing key links with universities for all students.   Learners will also be able to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from other GCSE/Level 3  subjects where relevant. Learners can use the knowledge and skills from GCSEs generally, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts.

Health and Social care is taught at John Henry Newman across both ks4 and ks5. Using the same exam board Pearson which connects the two key stages and allows for fluidity throughout the course. Within Key stage 4 there are no optional units to choose from. We enter key stage 4 students for the external exam in January of year 11 which gives students the opportunity to have completed an exam prior to the may/june season taking some pressure off students that are successful. This also allows students a second opportunity to resit the examination during the May/june season if needed.

Within Key stage 5 there is one optional unit, unit 14, physiological disorders. This unit allows for students to gain an understanding of different physiological disorders, the procedures and diagnoses also allowing them to develop treatment plans for individuals. This allows students to apply their learning to real life situations looking at how health and social care can be applied to the society that we live in and the people who live within it. The teaching is split between two teachers, with one teacher focusing on coursework units and the other on the units that are externally examined. This makes it easier for students to differentiate their work and allows there to be a clear structure throughout the course. Each year during the May/June season, students will be entered for external examinations. Unit 1, Human Lifespan and Development during year 12 and Unit 2, Working in Health and Social Care during year 13, allowing students to maintain a level of motivation and the opportunity to gain a qualification if a student decides to leave at the end of year 12.