Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care is the study of health and well-being. Students learn about the key stages of physical and emotional development and begin to understand the profound influence relationships and life events can have on an individual’s health. Students also examine the factors that influence a person’s self-concept and how people react to change in their lives.

 

Many students with qualifications in Health and Social Care go on to have interesting and successful careers in childcare, nursing, midwifery, social work, teaching, paramedics, counselling and health-visiting.

Department Staff

Miss S Bellew
Miss S Bartlett
Mrs J Hughes 
Miss M Kirkpatrick
Miss O McCann         
Mrs R Murphy
Mrs S O’Hara

KS4

Year 11 & 12

There are two courses available at KS4:

  • The GCSE Health and Social Care course is an applied GCSE and follows the Northern Ireland exam board CCEA.  The pupils undertake the exam unit ‘Personal Development’ in Year 11 which is taken in June of that school year and can be repeated the following June if necessary.  In Year 12 they then complete three independent coursework tasks in the Unit ‘Working in Health and Social Care’.  The Year 11 exam is worth 50% of their overall score and the coursework tasks are worth 50%. 

  • The new KS4 Occupational Studies course is 100% coursework and is internally assessed by the teacher and then externally moderated by CCEA.  The pupils undertake two units to successfully complete this course:

    • ‘Working in a Care Environment’ in Year 11

    • ‘Reminiscence with Individuals in a Care Environment’ in Year 12

Post 16

Year 13

In the first term of AS Level, all Health and Social Care pupils carry out Work Placements in a health, social care or early year’s setting in the local area.  This allows pupils to observe current practices in their placement and to connect this to both their AS ‘Communication in Care Settings’ coursework and ‘Promoting Quality Care’ coursework.  

Year 13 is worth 40% of the Health & Social Care A Level and three units are completed:

  • AS 1: Promoting Quality Care – A coursework unit that is worth 25% of the AS

  • AS 2: Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings – A coursework unit that is worth 25% of the AS

  • AS 3: Health and Well-Being – An exam unit that is worth 50% of the AS and is completed in June

Year 14

Year 14 is worth 60% of the Health & Social Care A Level and three units are completed:

  • A2 2: Body Systems and Physiological Disorders – A coursework unit that is worth 25% of Year 14

  • A2 3: Providing Services – A pre-release exam unit that is worth 50% of Year 14

  • A2 5: Supporting the Family – A coursework unit that is worth 25% of Year 14

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