Health & Social Care

Subject Intent: Why Health & Social Care?

Health and Social Care gives students the chance to look at sociological and psychological underpinnings of health whilst also examining and evaluating human development and key aspects of the working world such as health and safety. It enables students to develop transferable skills and encourages them to self-reflect and regulate to inform their practice. Communication and teamwork skills are integral whilst on work placement and are regarded as the most widespread and ‘baseline’ skills required for employment. Embedding work placements into the curriculum gives students a broader and rich experience and provides them with knowledge needed to progress into occupations such as nursing, midwifery, youth work or the care sector.

What will I study?

Topics to be studied across the suite of courses may include:

  • Human lifespan and development.
  • Working in Health and Social Care.
  • Enquiries into current research in Health and
  • Social Care.
  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Promoting public health.
  • Physiological disorders.
  • Psychological perspectives.

Health & Social Care

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What are lessons like in this subject?

This qualification is for you if you are considering a career in nursing, midwifery, care work and social work. The qualification at Diploma and Extended Diploma has 100 hours compulsory work experience to be completed over the two years, allowing you the opportunity to work alongside professionals and help you to develop professional skills. All course pathways have elements of both external and internal assessments that must be completed to achieve the full qualification.

The course follows a rich diverse curriculum, including specialist talks from professionals in the field of health and social care and mental health. Students are offered trips and courses to enrich understanding of theory and practice and career pathways, including trips abroad with The Future Sense Foundation and First Aid courses.

Lessons in Health and Social Care are engaging, interactive and relevant. Students enjoy the chance to hold debates and have full class discussions, to prepare and deliver presentations and to be able to work as a team. On completion of the course many, of our students apply to HE, higher level apprenticeships, employment or specialist training.

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Health and Social Care is an interactive subject where we regularly discuss current issues and research within the sector. I particularly liked the balance between coursework and exams as I developed vital skills in both areas.

Rebekah Haines, The King’s School

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