Health & Social Care

Introduction to the department

Health and Social Care is a vocationally related qualification that provides students with sound and specialist knowledge along with skills for everyday use. Assessment methods take an engaging and practical approach that reflect a variety of skills required to be successful within health, social care or early years settings. Topics included within this subject are varied and support progression routes into future careers within this sector.

Name

Role

Miss N. Smith

Head of Department - Health and Social Care

Mrs H. Smith

Health and Social Care Teacher, with specific skills in health and nutrition

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2: Cambridge Nationals is a two year course equivalent to one GCSE.

Students on this course will acquire a range of sector specific skills and will essentially learn how to be an effective participator and independent learner. Students will undertake a variety of tasks as part of their coursework assessed units such e.g. written reports, role plays, PowerPoint presentations, leaflets and interactive posters. Students will study three coursework units (75%) and one exam (25%).

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Unit R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings This unit will provide students with essential knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively. Students will have the opportunity to visit a local care setting and will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills through role play assessments.

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R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting This unit will provide students with a key understanding of the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of 0–5 year olds in an early years setting. Students and will be able to identify the key milestones of child development between 0–5 years and will have the opportunity to visit a local early years setting. Unit R031: Using basic first aid procedures This unit will provide students with knowledge and understanding of basic common first aid procedures that could be used within health and social care settings. Students will take part in a St John Ambulance first aid training day.

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Unit R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings This unit will provide students with an understanding of how to provide quality care for individuals, helping them to achieve their goals and how to apply the values of care so that individuals feel valued. Students will learn about key legislation and the impact it has on different care settings.

Post 16 Curriculum – Level 2/3 OCR Cambridge Technicals

Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care offer specialist pathways in health science, social care and working with children and young people. Students will apply their practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace. This course focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.UCAS points are available for the Level 3 60 credit qualification.

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Year 12 Unit 1: Communication in health and social care This unit aims to equip students with an essential understanding of communication methods so that they can apply theory to practice effectively within a health and social care environment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in both one-to-one and group interactions. Unit 5: Vocational experience in an health or social care setting Students will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the period of work experience in a health or social care setting, appreciating the professional approach and skills necessary to experience a successful placement.

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Unit 4 : Ensuring safe environments in health and social care This unit will allow students to gain an awareness of the possible hazards within health and social care environments. Learners will understand the responsibilities of employers, employees and people who use services in recognising hazards and risks within everyday activities. Unit 7: Anatomy and physiology for health and social care This unit aims to enable students to understand why processes are so important in maintaining life and how body systems work together to provide the conditions necessary for thought, movement, reproduction, growth and development.

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Year 12 Unit 1: Building positive relationships in health and social care This unit aims to introduce students to the different relationships that they will encounter within the health and social care sector. By doing this unit students will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way and develop their relationship building skills. Unit 10: Nutrition for health This unit will introduce students to nutritional health and the components of good nutrition. Students will have the opportunity to explore different foods, consider their health benefits and investigate how to support other people to impact their health and well-being.

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Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care - Examination Unit This unit introduces students to health, safety and security in health and social care. Students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip them in maintaining a safe working environment. Students will learn how legislation, policies and procedures impact different settings. UNIT 2: Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care This unit will enable students to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support. Students will gain an appreciation of how legislation and national initiatives can support and promote anti-discriminatory practice.

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Year 13 UNIT 4: Anatomy and physiology for health and social care – Examination Unit This unit aims to introduce students to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities and maintenance of health, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. Through practical experiences students will investigate systems and organs.

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Unit 16: Supporting people with dementia This unit will provide students with an overview of the different types of dementia and related legislation. Students will explore treatments, as well as the role of a range of health and social care workers who support individuals with dementia.

Offering

Information

Staffing

Coventry University UCAS information event

A member from the admissions team delivers an interactive presentation about the UCAS process, courses and career options.

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Alzheimer’s Society day centre visit

Students have the opportunity to understand the role of a support worker and gain experiencing observing staff at the day centre.

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Myton Hospice visit

Students visit the hospice for an informative information session about the role of support workers and a tour of the facilities.

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St John Ambulance first aid training day

A full day training day where students learn about different vital first aid procedures. Students will receive an accredited ‘Young First Aider’ certificate.

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Local care home visit

Students have the opportunity to understand the role of a support worker and experience an afternoon at the centre.

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Hypnotherapy Session

Students have the opportunity to meet a trained hypnotherapist and learn about key aspects of this alternative therapy.

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Nursery visit

Students have the opportunity to attend a local nursery to understand the role of creative play and how to support young children.

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Careers in health taster day

An active day students will take part in various work stations e.g. substance misuse and alcohol awareness, clinical equipment, basic life support and paediatric life support, working in mental health. Students will get an insight into different health care professions.

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