Health and Social Care (KS4)

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Subject Overview:

About 3 million people work in health or social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health care assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrative roles. Together they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise so they will continue to play a key role in UK society, and the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will increase.

Study of this sector at Key Stage 4 will complement GCSE study through providing an opportunity for practical application alongside conceptual study.

There are also strong opportunities for post-16 progression in this important sector.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification The components are strongly related and they are best seen as part of an integrated whole rather than totally distinct study areas. Learners will take this qualification over a two-year period. This means that they will be given the opportunity to build their confidence in understanding the sector, vocational contexts and vocational attributes over a long period during the course of study before they are assessed.

Years 10 and 11:

During Year 10, learners will study the first two components of The Human Lifespan Development. Learners will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events. Health and Social Care Services and Values. Learners study and practically explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.

During Year 11, learners will study the synoptic unit of Health and Wellbeing, here learners will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and

lifestyle indicators and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

Assessment at Key Stage 4:

Pearson BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care
Component Number Component Title GLH Level How Assessed
1 Human Lifespan Development 36 1/2 Internal
2 Human and Social Care Services and Values 36 1/2 Internal
3 Health and Wellbeing 48 1/2 Synoptic External