Health and Social Care

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Staff

  • L Booth (Teacher in Charge)
  • R Hicks
  • C Henning
  • R Cranston
  • K Jemphrey

Within the Health and Social Care Department we offer the following courses:

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Health and Social Care (CCEA)

Course of Study

Through studying Health and Social Care, we aim to encourage students to:

  • develop their interest in health, social care and early years;
  • draw together areas of knowledge, skills and understanding related to the health, social care and early years’ sectors;
  • develop higher order thinking skills;
  • increase their understanding of the health, social care and early years’ sectors to develop as effective and independent learners;
  • understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early years sectors by investigating and evaluating a range of services and organisations;
  • examine issues that affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and culture;
  • develop skills, aptitudes and values for employment in the health, social care and early years sectors; and
  • develop a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving in relation to the specified content.

Assessment

Unit 1: Personal Development, Health and Well-being

In this unit, students investigate human development throughout the life stages.

They also investigate factors affecting health and well-being, including relationships and the impact of major life changes.

Course of study:

  • Human Development
  • Factors affecting health and well-being
  • Relationships
  • Self-concept
  • Major life changes and sources of support

– External Written examination

Unit 2: Working in the Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors

In this unit, students develop their understanding of the world of work in the health, social care and early years’ sectors and how the needs of different service user groups are met. Students learn about a range of job roles in health, social care and early years services and how practitioners apply the values of care.

Course of study

  • Identifying and meeting the needs of service users
  • Provision of integrated health, social care and early years’ services
  • Accessing health, social care and early years’ services and barriers to access
  • Job roles of practitioners
  • Values of care
  • Safeguarding

Controlled Assessment

 Post 16

  • GCE Health and Social Care (CCEA)

Course of Study

Health and Social Care is a stimulating, relevant and interesting subject. The health, social care and early years’ sectors are major employers in Northern Ireland.

  • By choosing this subject you will be given the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including communication, health promotion, family issues and quality care.
  • This subject develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to degrees in nursing, allied health professions, social sciences, social work and early years.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills such as research, analysis, communication, working with others, independent learning, creative thinking and problem solving.

Assessment

Three Units are studied at AS level:

Internally assessed coursework units

  • Unit AS 1: Promoting Quality Care
  • Unit AS 2: Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings

Externally assessed examination unit:

  • Unit AS 3: Health and Well-Being

Three units are studies at A2 level:

Internally assessed coursework units

  • Unit A2 1: Applied Research
  • Unit A2 5: Supporting the Family

Externally assessed examination unit:

  • Unit A2 3: Providing Services 

Career Opportunities

This course aims to prepare individuals for careers in the Health Sector including: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Clinical Science, Health Education and Promotion, Counselling, Social Work, Early Years, Child Care or Teaching.

 

 


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