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Health & Social Care Subject Overview

Statement of intent

Health and Social Care at St Marys is a very popular and successful subject. The aim of this subject is to fully engage learners who wish to develop their applied knowledge and practical skills in Health and Social Care. The course is designed to cover practical and theoretical elements, both of which will prepare learners for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and biology.

Through studying Health and Social Care, learners will gain an understanding of how to care for individuals in health and social care environments and how humans develop from birth to older age. Through study of a wide range of settings in health, social care or early years; job roles, care practice and common conditions; experiences of individuals and some of the dilemmas that many individuals face are explored. Underpinning the subject is an examination of care values and how to practically apply these to ensure the promotion of rights of individuals, health and wellbeing.

The Health and Social Care curriculum at Level 2 encourages and enables our learners to become empathetic, compassionate and able to challenge discrimination and stereotypes and able to contribute to society in a positive way.  It challenges learners to think abstractly, work collaboratively and apply their knowledge to practice. The course raises awareness of different needs of individuals in society and the range of services available. Throughout the Level 2 course; care values are embedded as well as skills in resilience, self-care and good health which can have life-long benefits on individuals and their families. Learners also develop skills in time management, structuring arguments and literacy skills. These skills are then built on at Level 3 where students study the Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care; this course can be taken from scratch or students can build upon the knowledge they learned at Level 2 with a specific focus on preparing students to move into health professions and giving them some of the biological foundations that they will need to study courses such as midwifery or nursing.

Our curriculum covers some sensitive topics and mature content, allowing learners to understand the complexity of childhood and respect the science behind the creation of life. It is our hope that learners develop in maturity sooner than many of their peers and find a passion for inspiring young people, after having more understanding about what really goes into the conception, creation and nurturing of a young person.

Curriculum Map

Year 10 Overview

Autumn Term: RO29 Understanding the nutrients needed for good health.
Lent Term: RO22
Spring Term: Start RO21 LO1/LO2.

Year 10 Topics

  • Autumn Term

    RO29
    RO29 Understanding the nutrients needed for good health.

    The dietary needs of individuals in each life stage.

    Create dietary plans for specific dietary needs.

    Produce nutritional meals for specific dietary requirements.

  • Lent Term

    RO22
    Communication skills care workers use .

    Factors that can positively and negatively influence communication.

    Personal qualities that contribute to effective care.

    Be able to communicate effectively within a health and social care and early years setting.

    Plan a 1:1 ad a group interaction and complete them.

  • Spring Term

    RO21 L01/LO2

    How to support individuals to maintain their right.

    Importance of the values of care and how they are applied.

Year 11 Overview

Auturmn Term: Examined unit R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.
Lent Term: RO31 Using basic first aid procedures.
Spring Term: Completion of RO31 complete LO3 practical element. Any pupils resitting exam to revisit RO21 content.

Year 11 Topics

  • Autumn Term

    RO21 Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.

    Support individuals to maintain their right.

    Importance of the values of care and how they are applied.

    Legislation impacts on care settings.

    Personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals.

  • Lent Term

    RO31 Using basic first aid procedures.

    Assess scenes of accidents to identify risks and continuing dangers.

    Understand the first aid procedures for a range of injuries.

    Apply basic first aid.

  • Spring Term

    n/a

Year 12 Overview

Autumn Term: Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care (Externally assessed)
Lent Term: Unit 1: Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care (Internally assessed)
Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care (Externally assessed)
Spring Term: Complete Unit 3 start LO1 unit 17
Unit 17: Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions. (Internally assessed)

Year 12 Topics

  • Autumn Term
    • Unit 2 : Understand concepts of equality, diversity and rights and how these are applied in the context of health.
    • Understand the impact of discriminatory practices on individuals.
    • Understand how current legislation and national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice.
    • Understand how equality, diversity and rights in health, social care and child care environments are promoted
  • Lent Term
    • Unit 1: Types of relationships that can be built in health, social care or child care environments.
    • The role that context plays on different relationships in health, social care or child care environments.
    • Factors that can influence the building of positive relationships.
    • Person centred approach in health, social care or child care environments.
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills.

    Unit 3:

    • Understand priorities and responses in dealing with incidents and emergencies.
    • Understand potential hazards.
    • Know how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security.
    • Be able to implement a risk assessment
  • Spring Term
    • Unit 3 Exam.

    Unit 17:

    • Factors that affect mental health
    • Concepts, types, causes and effects of mental health conditions Treatments that can best support individuals with mental health conditions
    • Services to support individuals with mental health conditions
    • Legislation which supports individuals

Year 13 Overview

Autumn Term: Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (Externally assessed)
Unit 17: Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions
Lent Term: Unit 10: Nutrition for Health (Internally assessed)
Spring Term: Completion of Unit 10. Resit options for Unit 4

Year 13 Topics

  • Autumn Term
    • Completion of Unit 17. Unit 4:
    • Cardiovascular system, malfunctions and their impact on individuals
    • Respiratory system, malfunctions and their impact on individuals
    • Digestive system, malfunctions and their impact on individuals
    • Musculoskeletal systems, malfunctions and their impact on individuals
    • Control and regulatory systems, malfunctions and their impact on individuals
    • Sensory systems, malfunctions and their impact on individuals
  • Lent Term

    Unit 10:

    • Nutritional and diet guidelines The functions of nutrients
    • Factors which influence nutritional health
    • Recommendations to improve nutritional health

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Head Teacher: Mr. Simon Eccles
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