Mrs Lisa Whitworth
What do students study?
This two year course helps students gain the knowledge and skills required to work in Health and Social Care, one of the largest employers nationally and offering a wide range of local job opportunities.
The course consists of a range of practical assignments covering a number of interesting topics. We use guest speakers and visits to give students a taste of how Health and Social Care is used in day-to-day life. This may be a visit from a Health Visitor, Nurse or Social Worker. Where possible, the teaching is related to real life situations, which ensures that the learning is both relevant and interesting. Some examples of the types of things you will be doing include:
- carrying out work experience in a care setting
- giving a presentation to the class on a career in Health and Social Care
- interviewing older adults to understand their use of health services
- researching how parents use pre-school provision
Unit HSC01: Effective Care and Communication
This unit introduces students to the communication skills used in health, social care, children and young people and community justice sectors. Work experience is an important part of this unit and, in the past, students have secured placements in local primary schools, special schools and hospitals.
Unit HSC2: Understanding Health Conditions and Patient Care Pathways
This unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of health conditions, and the appropriate patient care pathways which are commonly followed based on a patient-centred approach to care.
Unit HSC06: Practitioner roles
This unit aims to increase students’ understanding of the world of work in health, social care, children and young people, and community justice sectors.
Unit HSC10: Diagnosis, treatment and preventative strategies
This unit aims to introduce a variety of diagnostic techniques and the principles and key points of practice of a range of common medical treatments. This unit also looks into ways in which common diseases and disorders can be prevented.
How are students assessed?
The examination board is AQA.
Units HSC2 and HSC10 are each assessed by an external written examination and jointly count for 50% of the final mark.
Students are required to produce a portfolio of coursework for Units HSC01 and HSC06 and these jointly account for 50% of the final mark.
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