Year 10

What Will I Learn?

This will be a new and exciting vocational subject, in which students will be able to apply and will be encouraged to use a wide range of learning techniques to understand people, the communities they live and work in and the services that support these needs. In year ten the focus is on how individuals of all life-stages develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Alongside this, students will investigate what type of factors  affect an individual’s growth & development and the impact this has on individuals and their families. Students will produce profiles of a range of situations individuals may find themselves in, whether they are elderly, disabled, disadvantaged,
An understanding of the range of different relationships people may experience in their lives is investigated, using a range of learning resources reviews of documentaries, films and observations from real life experiences.
Students will research the importance and effect of how an individual’s self-concept can be affected by the experiences they may encounter in their lives, both positive and negative.
Students will gain an insight into a range of support services that can meet the needs of the range of client groups studied. This will involve visits to a range of different settings, such as the hospital, children’s centres, early year’s settings, primary schools and will link to each individual’s students Year 10 Work Experience. (This will also form the basis of the Controlled assessment which takes place in the Summer term of Year 10 and the Autumn term of Year 11. Therefore, it is important students select an appropriate Work Experience placement to support their GCSE outcome.

How Will I Be Assessed?

The whole course is based on a major piece of Controlled Assessment carried out between the summer term in Year 10 and the Autumn term in Year 11. This is worth 50% of the mark.
The other component is an examination taken at the end of year 11, also worth 50% of the total GCSE.

What Different Types of Activites Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

As an ‘applied’ subject, Health & Social Care gives all students the opportunity to learn in variety of interesting, challenging and diverse ways, according to the individuals learning style. Students are offered the opportunity to take a First Aid Qualification as part of a Baby Sitting Award which is delivered in conjunction with our a-joining Children’s Centre, Chatterbox.
Students will use a range of resources people, places, ICT and working with local professionals to gain an insight into how the needs of individuals are met.
As a Department we have excellent contacts with a wide range of settings, in particular the local Child’s Hospice which we visit and support their fund raising activities regularly. We have strong links with our a-joining NHS hospital who organise professionals to support students by running a range of  career and care based workshops. Also the opportunity for students to visit different Departments to gain an understanding of patient care, is an important part of the GCSE Controlled Assessment. We also, work in partnership with our local Nuffield Hospital to produce display materials for their main foyer. In addition, we have students visiting and supporting in local nurseries and primary schools. This is linked to the students Work Experience and future contacts in Year 11 as part of evidence collection for the Controlled assessment.
A wide range of other settings such as Nursing  and Residential Homes, Special Schools, and Social Care Services for Adults with Learning Difficulties and support services for a range of client groups are used through the Key Stage 4 & 5 curriculum to support learning in a very practical and applied manner, as well as giving students an insight into potential career routes and pathways.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Health & Social Care is a subject that enables all students to gain self-confidence in developing their communication skills , when working with both clients and professionals. This is further enhanced as part of the Controlled Assessment, which enables students to engage with clients in a variety of different settings. The GCSE Health & Social Care is an excellent foundation for progressing to Key Stage 5, since students will have experienced a range of learning approaches to both coursework and examination based work. Also, given the subject area is about the lives of individuals within our community a range of investigative, observational and applied approaches are essential. This is excellent grounding for AS/A2 Health & Social Care. In addition, students will be well placed for the new Cambridge TEC qualification offered at Copleston, which involves 2 days vocational placement in a range of settings and 3 days spent learning the theory to apply in the settings. This forms an excellent grounding for an Apprenticeship in the field of  Health, Social Care and Early Years.
The subject area links well with sociology, psychology , biology and physical education for students wishing to pursue careers related to these disciplines.

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

Students will continue with the outline of the Controlled Assessment and too that end will understand that health authorities and local authorities assess the care needs of local populations in order to identify likely service demand in a local area.

To understand how universal services are developed and targeted services meet social policy goals, such as reducing child poverty, homelessness, and drug misuse in the population and transforming the lives of Children and Young people in care.
Issues concerning Equality and Inclusion will be researched and explored based on the Work Experience setting selected.
Students will also interview a key worker from the setting being studied, investigating their job role, qualifications and pathway routes. Finally, students will reflect upon the approach to their Controlled Assessment , identifying their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, students will compare their own skills and abilities to assess their own suitability for such a career choice.

Upon, the completion of the Controlled assessment, students will return to the content of the forth coming examination.

 The focus will be on a range of  learning activities, revision approaches and support from appropriate professionals in the form of revision workshops  that will galvanise and re-visit in an applied format  the learning that took place in year 10.

How Will I Be Assessed?

As year 10, the year 11 program is a continuance therefore assessment is based on 50% Controlled Assessment and 50% examination at the end of year 11.

What Different Types of Activites Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Students are actively encouraged to gain an insight into the professions of health, social care and the early year’s occupations, in order to build up a deep understanding, of what the employment sector involves. This is achieved through a variety of approaches including work experience, links with local health, social care and early years employers, inviting occupational specialists to come into school where possible, case studies and research.
    knowledge and understanding of the health, social care and early years sectors through the investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organizations
  • To highlight the importance of development of an individual and their relationships
  • To promote a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the vocational context
  • Motivation and support when improving health.
  • To encourage candidates to recognize the importance of the stages of development Students will be working within a variety of  learning styles, using their skills of application of knowledge, analysis and evaluation in a range of activities.  Work is differentiated to allow for all abilities to maximise their potential within this course.
     Writing questionnaires, interviewing professionals and service users to obtain primary research is a key aspect of the course.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Students will gain an insight into the working environment of a range of professions, which will inform their next  pathway choice into KS 5.
Students can select to continue into the Sixth form taking either AS/or AS &A2 Health & Social Care. Alternatively, a more vocational route can be taken in the form of a work based program The Cambridge TEC  with 2 days placement a week. Finally, students can take up an
Apprenticeship  in Health ,Social Care or Early Years with local training providers. We are currently investigating opportunities with local Health, Social Care and Early Years employers to work in partnership to deliver an Apprenticeship based program at Copleston. We have extensive experience in this field having offered a Pre-Apprenticeship program, over the past 6 years in conjunction with CACHE(an Early Years Qualification Board) and the Work based Diploma in Society, Health & Development was run over the past two years. Both these courses enabled students to gain an excellent grounding in Health, Social Care  and Early years pathway routes.