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Health and Social Care

The study of Health and Social Care provides pupils with the opportunity to study a vocational qualification, enabling them to develop a variety of academic and practical skills relevant to working in the health, social care and early years sectors of employment. Around 3 million people are currently employed in the health and social care sectors, accounting for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. With the changing demographics of society, demand for both health and social care is likely to increase in the future. An inclusive, resource driven curriculum is designed to support a variety of academic abilities and interests, with pupils having the choice to study a wide range of health issues that are of interest to them. The study of this subject provides pupils with the opportunity to carry out independent research on key health and social care issues as well as the opportunity to apply their learning to real life scenarios and settings. The vocational nature of the subject is brought to life, through the use of practising professionals being invited into school, work placement opportunities and coursework portfolios based on real life case studies. Ultimately, the study of this subject aims to foster an empathetic understanding of the health issues experienced by individuals in contemporary society.

The Department

The global health pandemic has highlighted the importance of health and social care workers and the significant impact that they have on our lives in contemporary society. In Health and Social Care, we seek to nurture and develop the vital skills and qualities necessary to prepare our learners to become the most passionate, empathetic and dedicated carers of the future. 

The Health and Social Care Department brings together specialist teachers in Health and Social Care, Sociology and Science to deliver an interesting, challenging and exciting vocational learning experience. The lessons are lively with many opportunities to discuss and debate contemporary issues relating to health and wellbeing. Mrs Keenan is a very passionate teacher who likes to get you out and about to enable you to have a true vocational experience. She has excellent links with health and social care service providers in the local area, including the Royal Liverpool Broadgreen and Aintree Universities Hospitals NHS Trust, which means that pupils are able to benefit from work experience placements. Ms Cavanagh will ensure that you are informed about the social and psychological aspects of health and well-being and Mrs Everett is on hand to share her expert knowledge of physiology. Professional guest speakers make a valuable contribution to the teaching and learning, through delivering sessions to share their knowledge and expertise. Pupils have the opportunity to learn first-hand about different careers from practising professionals, including former pupils.

Course organisation

Year 10

 Term 1

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development Coursework assessment

Term 2

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development Coursework assessment

 Term 3

Unit 2 Health and Social Care Services and Values coursework assessment

Year 11

 Term 1

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing External assessment 

Term 2

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing External assessment 

 Term 3

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values Coursework assessment

Year 12

 Term 1

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development External assessment·         

Term 2

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs Coursework assessment

 Term 3

Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs Coursework assessment

Year 13

 Term 1

Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care Services External assessment

Term 2

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care Coursework assessment

 Term 3

Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and their Care Coursework assessment

Year 12/13

Optional additional units of study:

Unit 6 Work Experience in Health and Social Care 

Unit 7 Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care 

Enrichment

Guest speakers from a variety of health and social care professions 

Work experience opportunities in local health and social care settings 

Study support and Sixth Form mentoring scheme.

Trips

The Walton Centre to learn about the working of the NHS 

The Royal Liverpool Hospital to visit the simulation suite 

Cultural trips to the theatre 

Visits to local health, social care and early years services

Staffing

Ms G. Cavanagh - Subject Leader of Sociology and Health and Social Care

Mrs C. Keenan - Health and Social teacher

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