Health and Social Care
Our aims are:
- To provide a basic introduction to the health and social care sector.
- To meet the differing needs of each pupil.
- To support pupils entering a modern workforce.
Through the health and social care course, which is a BTEC qualification, the components we offer cover three different areas:
- Human lifespan development
- Health and social care services and values
- Health and wellbeing.
The course is portfolio-based with an external synoptic assessment.
Component one examines human lifespan development. It covers such areas as human growth and development across life stages; factors affecting growth and development; different types of life event; coping with change caused by life events.
Component two examines health and social care services and values. It covers such areas as health and social care services; barriers to accessing services; care values; reviewing own application of care values.
Component three is the external synoptic assessment. This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and development in components one and two. This task will be worth 60 marks.
Pupils work is graded as Level 1 Pass, Level 1 Merit, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction. The way in which the pupil has provided evidence against the tasks will indicate the level they are working at. The grading scale fully encompasses achievement at Levels 1 and 2 of the Regulated Qualification Framework.
Pupils at the academy can sometimes struggle to maintain focus so a variety of ways to learn and achieve are required. Each lesson objective incorporates Blooms taxonomy and is personalised as pupils work at different places.
Class discussions are used when introducing new topics to reinforce learning. Being aware of pupils learning styles and using VAK every lesson is very useful – this can be through using worksheets, books, internet, PowerPoint, discussion and simply listening. Documents such as the Disability Discrimination Act and Data Protection Act 1998 are used for reference, along with websites such as ONS and NHS Digital. Topics are related to real-life situations (case studies) where possible. In order to reinforce learning, we use quizzes, play bingo and perform other activities so that pupils take part in revising without realising they are doing so.
Assessment of all work is in accordance with the Pearson marking scheme which is line with the Regulated Qualifications Framework. Each topic relates to an objective of which key words (such as evaluate, describe) need to be satisfied. We have a stringent internal moderation system at the academy which standardises the teachers marking and award of marks. It is a process that involves two members of staff.
Mock assessments are also held in order to assess pupils’ ability to recall information. The results of this highlight any areas of weakness which can then be cemented in future lessons.
A matrix is also completed, on an on-going basis, of marks given for pupils’ portfolio work which they can access and which is updated regularly.
All work internally assessed will be moderated by an External Quality Assurer to ensure the grade given by the teacher is in accordance with the Pearson marking scheme.
The academic year 2020/2021 will be the first year of delivering this qualification.
All pupils will complete a baseline upon entry to the academy. However, whilst this can be used to predict grades to a certain point, it can also inform the teacher as to any former knowledge gained.
Pupils who struggle to achieve the Level 1 Pass are identified at an early stage through the moderation and matrix processes. These pupils can then receive intervention from the academy, helping them achieve their full potential.
- Health administration.
- Care worker.
- Community development.
- Charity Officer.
- Social work.
- Health therapies.
Life stages/events (people, events)
Primary, secondary, tertiary care (people)
Allied health professionals (people)
Health and safety
Data Protection Act