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 CACHE qualification, the units we offer cover three different areas:
- Introduction to the health and social care sector
- Professional practice and the health and social care practitioners
- Human growth and development through the life stages.
The course is portfolio-based with an external synoptic assessment.
Unit one provides an introduction to the health and social care sector. It examines health and social care provision; job roles of health and social care practitioners; how health and social care services are accessed; specific are needs and services accessed by individuals throughout the life stages; informal care; regulation and inspection in the health and social care sector.
Unit two covers professional practice and the health and social care practitioner. It examines the responsibility of health and social care practitioners; health and social care values underpinning practice; partnership working in health and social care; different career pathways in the health and social care sector.
Unit three examines human growth and development through the life stages. It examines development from conception to birth; development across the lifespan; influences on human development; transitions and significant life events; role of care planning in meeting the needs of individuals on promoting wellbeing.
Units one, two and three are mandatory internal units and there is an external assessment in the form of a synoptic scenario-based short-answer examination. This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired from the mandatory units. The mandatory internal units are worth 45.5% of the final grade.
Pupils are required to gain a pass in all 3 mandatory units as well as the external examination.
Pupils’ work is graded as pass, merit and distinction.
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. 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 CACHE grading scheme. 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 teacher’s 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 CACHE 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 a 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