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Health and social care

Subject intent

Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich Key Stage 4 option curriculum, which gives learners access and progress to Key Stage 5 and beyond. Linking the subject to the bigger picture, approximately three million people in the UK work in health and social care, which is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people. Locally, health and social care is the third largest job sector and is an ever-increasing field, so it is certain to continue to play a key role in UK society.

Our health and social care qualification helps learners to develop key transferable skills and knowledge, such as self-evaluation and research skills, to equip them whether they decide to continue with their health and social care studies; or use the skills for a range of post 16 options.

Learners will study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life events like illness or parenthood. Learners will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy. Students may apply this to a person of their choice. Students will understand how people adapt to these changes and the local and national health care and social care support that is available for them. 

Students research a range of local 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 to overcome barriers. There will be the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios. 

Students develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health and design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve their health and wellbeing. Overall, students should be given the opportunity to self-reflect about choices they make and how they affect others.

Students will also benefit from guest speakers from their local community and beyond, linking the classroom learning to the world of work. It is also our intention to raise student aspirations by developing key links with local colleges and looking at post 16 options and pathways for all students.  


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