Health and Social Care courses are delivered at both GCSE and GCE level. They are AQA exam board courses. All courses are applied, which means that the learning is related to real life situations allowing students to develop the skills and qualities that employers and universities value most: in particular, a problem-solving approach to project work, team working and the ability to manage their own learning. Learning is related to a range of work related contexts with knowledge being gained through a variety of approaches including work experience offering an insight into the 'world of work', case studies and research through links with local employers.
At Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to complete a Double Award GCSE (AQA 4820) that will provide two GCSE grades. The two year course provides students with the opportunity to develop their ICT skills, research skills and presentation skills as well as increasing their subject knowledge, including aspects of human development, influences on health and well-being and understanding of services available to support individuals and their family's.
During Year 10, students spend the first four terms working on Unit 2: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision. This unit is assessed through two controlled assessments that combine to provide 60% of the marks for their Single Award GCSE. Students will spend two terms working on each controlled assessment. Students will be expected to prepare materials for these controlled assessments as part of their regular weekly homework and will have time in college to produce the coursework that is required for assessment. The more research and preparation that they do the easier they will find the controlled assessment.
In the final two terms of Year 10 students will work on Unit 4: Promoting Health and Well-Being. This unit is assessed through two controlled assessments that combine to provide 60% of the marks for their second GCSE. The first of these controlled assessments will be undertaken between April and July.
During year 11, students spend two of their three sessions each week working on Unit 3: The Nature of Health and Well-Being. This leads to an examination that they will take in June. This accounts for 40% of their second GCSE. Alongside this work students will also prepare materials to assist them in completing the second controlled assessment for Unit 4.Students will be expected to prepare materials for this controlled assessment as part of their regular weekly homework. The practical work for Unit 4 will help students develop the understanding and skills required to apply their knowledge in the Unit 3 examination. All work for the controlled assessment must be completed by the end of March.
Students will spend one session a week studying Unit 1: Understanding Personal Development. This leads to an examination that they will take in June. This accounts for 40% of the Single Award GCSE. Students really enjoy this unit as it contains quite a large element of child development and they have the opportunity to work with the interactive dolls.