Health & Social Care

Why do we study Health & Social Care?

We study Health & Social Care at Hurworth School to equip our students with specialist knowledge and skills that can be used every day, can be transferred to other subject areas and will help to prepare our students for life post 16. Developing subject knowledge of Health, Social Care and Early Years settings and the services they provide helps our students to have a better understanding of the responsibilities care practitioners have when working within these services, and the skills they need to have to successfully carry out their role. This allows students to be prepared for employment, not just in the Health & Social Care sector, but in all employment roles.

The delivery of the curriculum in Health & Social Care is hands-on allowing pupils to demonstrate their understanding through practical tasks as well as presenting written work through the creation of a project. Lessons challenge all our students, providing the opportunity to achieve in line with their ability. In doing so, the Health & Social Care department aims to provide an environment whereby all students feel they can be successful, and where all pupils feel valued and respected. In providing an enjoyable and memorable curriculum, the Health & Social Care department aims for all pupils to develop the concept of learning as desirable, enjoyable and a lifelong notion which they continue to develop post 16 and throughout their own careers.

Year 10

Exam Specification

Health and Social Care
Cambridge Nationals

Learning Outcomes

In Year 10, students study First Aid. Students will complete a certificated First Aid course and will be able to learn a variety of First Aid skills. Students will be able to identify the causes of First Aid situations, the symptoms and severity of the injury or condition and will be able to describe and practically demonstrate how to treat several first aid injuries and conditions. This unit of work is a chosen unit of work and makes up 25% of the final qualification.

Students will also begin to look at the importance of communication skills in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings, including learning about and understanding when and how different communication methods can be used and why. Students complete role plays to practically demonstrate their use of communication skills to ensure communication is effective between a care practitioner and an individual. This unit of work is a mandatory unit of work and makes up 25% of the final qualification.

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

Using Basic First Aid Procedures

Spring Term

How communication is used in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings when working with individuals

Summer Term

How communication is used in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings when working with individuals

Year 11

Exam Specification

Health and Social Care
Cambridge Nationals

Learning Outcomes

In Year 11, students look at the values of care in Health, Social Care or Early Years Settings. In particular, the focus is for students to study what individual rights are and how care practitioners help to maintain these rights. Students learn about legislation, codes of practice and policies and procedures that care settings have to follow to ensure care practitioners can provide the best quality care, and how providing good quality and standardised care can help service users to achieve the very best outcomes. This unit of work will be assessed through a 1 hour external examination in January of Year 11, with the opportunity to re-sit in June of Year 11 and makes up 25% of the final qualification.

Understanding life stages is the final piece of coursework and allows students the opportunity to investigate the main life events that may occur in an individual’s life. Students will develop an understanding of the impact life events may have on each life stage and what treatment and additional support they may need from Health, Social Care and Early Years services. Students produce a suitable support plan for an individual with different needs in a particular stage of their life. This unit of work is a chosen unit of work and makes up 25% of the final qualification.

Topics Taught

Autumn Term

Values of care in Health, Social Care & Early Years Settings

Spring Term

Understanding Life Stages

Summer Term

Revision and final preparation for re-sit of examinable unit