Health & Social Care

Subject Overview

Health and Social Care is an exciting subject which aims to increase knowledge of the world of work in health, social care, early years and children’s services.  Many of our students with qualifications in Health and Social Care go on to have interesting and successful careers in childcare, nursing, midwifery, social work, teaching, counselling and health-visiting.

Department Staff

Miss S Bellew (HOD)

Mrs S.O’Hara

Miss O.McCann

Mrs R.Murphy

Mrs K.Novaski

Miss S.Bartlett

Key Stage 4

There are two courses at Key Stage 4:

  • GCSE Health and Social Care

  • CCEA Level 2 Occupational Studies – Health and Social Care

Why Study the Subject

  • If you have an interest in helping people

  • If you have a caring nature

  • If you like working with children, young people and senior citizens

  • If you want to make a difference in the lives of others

  • If you have an interest in First Aid, Health & Safety or Planning interesting activities for children & senior citizens

GCSE Health and Social Care

Assessment structure

The GCSE course is an applied GCSE from CCEA. 

50% External Exam & 50% Coursework

Year 11

 

The pupils undertake the external exam unit ‘Personal Development’ in Year 11 which is taken in June of that school year and is worth 50% of their overall score. 
 

Year 12

 

In Year 12 the pupils complete three independent coursework tasks in the Unit ‘Working in Health and Social Care’, these together are worth 50% of the overall score.

Employability/job opportunities/further study

 

  • ‘A’ Level Health and Social Care

  • Nursing

  • Midwifery

  • Social Work

  • Teaching

  • Care Assistant

Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

Speakers are brought in each year to assist pupils with their GCSE coursework on job roles e.g. a nurse to explain day to day job roles & tasks.

CCEA Level 2 Occupational Studies – Health and Social Care

Assessment structure

The Level 2 Occupational Studies course is 100% coursework and is internally assessed by the teacher and then externally moderated by CCEA. 

Year 11

 

‘Working in a Care Environment’ – this is 100% coursework & is internally assessed.

Year 12

 

‘Reminiscence with Individuals in a Care Environment’ – this is 100% coursework & is internally assessed.

Employability/job opportunities/further study

 

  • ‘A’ Level Health and Social Care

  • Care Assistant

  • Nursing

  • Social work

Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

Speakers are brought in each year to assist pupils with their GCSE coursework on job roles e.g. a nurse to explain day to day job roles & tasks

Post 16

 

Why Study the Subject

The health, social care and early years’ sectors are major employers in the public, voluntary and private sectors in Northern Ireland. This broad qualification gives students the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects, including communication, physiology, social policy and psychology.

‘A’ Level Health and Social Care appeals to students with an interest in health, well-being and caring for others. It’s likely to interest students who enjoyed studying Health and Social Care, Home Economics, Child Development, Psychology or Sociology at GCSE, although none of these are a prerequisite.

Students develop skills that are valued in further and higher education, as well as in the workplace. These skills include research, investigation, analysis, communication, problem solving and working with others.

Assessment structure

The pupils must complete 6 units, 3 in AS (Yr13) and 3 in A2 (Yr14).  The 3 AS units are worth 40% of the overall A Level with the 60% completed in A2.

Year 13 - Topics studied

Communication in a Care Environment Coursework unit worth 25% of the AS Level

Promoting Quality Care Coursework unit worth 25% of the AS Level

Health & Well Being External exam completed in May of Year 13.  It is worth 50% of the overall AS Level

Year 14 - Topics include

Body Systems & Physiological Disorders Coursework unit worth 25% of the A2 Level

Health Promotion Coursework unit worth 25% of the A2 Level

Providing Services External exam completed in June of Year 14. It is worth 50% of the overall A2 Level

Employability/job opportunities/further study

 

Health & Social Care can be used for most university courses but especially for:

  • Primary & Secondary Teaching

  • Nursing & Midwifery

  • Social Work

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Psychology

  • Social Policy

 

It can also be used for many courses in the SRC as well as to directly access the work market.

Post 16 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

 

All pupils will attend a work placement in a local health, social care or early years setting in Yr13, usually a local Primary School.  This is for 2hrs of the school day, one day each week from September to Christmas.

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St Mary's High School, Newry