What will be studied?
This subject will provide students with an opportunity to understand what it means to meet the needs of vulnerable members of our society and the skills that are needed to work within the care sector. Health and Social Care will encourage the development of the “soft skills” of communication and working with others, alongside an understanding of up to date legislation and ethical issues. Much of the work produced will be via an extended report, enabling the further development of writing skills. This vocational course will also allow for alternative means of assessment from developing a magazine to food preparation. Studying Health and Social Care allows students of all abilities to discover the world of caring, whether that be with the elderly, children under the age of 8 or disabled children and adults.
Who will this course suit?
This course is suitable for anyone considering a career in the many avenues available in Health and Social Care.
Students that are interested in building an awareness of service provision, values, rights, responsibilities, care settings, health and well-being or understanding human behaviour will be particularly suited.
|Exam board and specification|
|Web link to specification|
How is the course assessed?
This course will be assessed on four units:
Unit 1 – assesses the understanding of the essential values of care needed for individuals. It is a written exam worth 25% of the overall mark
Unit 2 – this is a practical component that assesses communication skills in the care setting. It is often executed through role play, allowing care skills to be demonstrated. It is worth 25% of the overall mark
Unit 3 – is an assignment based assessment that allows knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively to be demonstrated. It assess the understanding students have on the need for personal qualities in creating a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting
Unit 4 – this assignment based assessment will determine the understanding a student has on the need for an appropriate diet throughout the life stages.
Where can I go with this qualification?
A Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care can lead onto level 3 qualifications in care and early years. This qualification can lead directly into an apprenticeship if students have access to social and early years care settings. This qualification is not aimed at students wishing to go into medicine or sport, but could attract students wishing to go into nursing and other allied health jobs (like physiotherapy).