Health and Social Care

This diverse subject area of Health and Social Care offers students a wonderful opportunity to achieve within a subject they thoroughly enjoy.  This subject is extremely popular and the clear progression routes to further and higher education or employment support all abilities to develop and attain high grades.  The teachers are passionate about their subject and through caring and supportive programmes they meet the needs of the students which makes this a very successful department.

Mrs Woods
Head of Health Studies

Intent

At Weatherhead High School, Health and Social Care is an option which all students can select at KS4 and KS5. Our intent is to provide an interesting and relevant curriculum, with knowledge consistently applied to the industry, real-life and fictional scenarios, which gives learners access and opportunity to progress to KS5 and beyond. The courses and lessons are coherently planned and sequenced towards developing knowledge and competencies for future learning whilst building upon students’ knowledge from Personal & Social Development during KS3.

Students will study for the BTEC Tech Award at KS4 which is assessed through a combination of an external exam and internal coursework. The research and essay writing competencies applied at KS4 develop learners for further study into KS5 and beyond. Students who choose to study the subject at KS5 have two pathway options. They can study the single option of the BTEC Extended Certificate or choose to study the double option of the Diploma. In KS5, learners will further develop their knowledge and understanding in a range of topics, specifically chosen to prepare them for a career in this constantly growing industry.

The department strives to provide a curriculum which is inclusive and all students, irrespective of background, have the opportunity to succeed in this popular pathway. The staff aim to foster a love of the subject and content and build on students’ cultural capital with opportunities to put their skills into practice with local partnerships with care homes in our Weatherfriends and other initiatives.

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Implementation

The Health and Social Care department will support every student through their courses, regardless of background, to achieve success in both coursework and examination units. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge and skills practically in role plays in KS4 and in reality in KS5 through our partnership with a local residential care home in our Weatherfriends initiative. Students will work collaboratively to develop their application of the care values, becoming confident and fully prepared to manage their emotions for the many challenges and opportunities they face in understanding people’s health and well-being.

In each coursework unit, students will be internally assessed and graded from Distinction to Pass. Units are then internally and externally verified. In preparation for the examinations, we aim for mastery of content, utilising regular past paper assessments and interleaving of topics and revision, in order to build a secure knowledge base from which students can apply to the given questions and case studies. All unit scores are then combined to provide a student’s final grade.

Teachers have a very good level of knowledge of the subject and the industry and will promote appropriate discussion about the subject matter being taught. Resources and assessment are used well to support all students to achieve their full potential.

The department has adopted a Literacy in HSC initiative on a fortnightly basis. All students will be encouraged to read a relevant article about a prevalent discussion point in the industry – promoting their reading skills, which will then be discussed to improve students’ oracy skills.

Impact

Students’ work across both Key Stages is consistently of a high quality. All students consistently achieve highly, irrespective of background or additional needs, this is reflected in results on a consistent basis.

When students have completed their courses, they are ready for the next stage of their education, employment or training. They have the qualifications, knowledge and skills they need that allow them to go on to destinations that meet their aspirations.  Many students go on to further study, reading courses within the industry, including midwifery, teacher training and nursing. The department has had a consistent record of students progressing to their chosen courses in related degree subjects.

The success and outcomes of students is monitored and analysed every year by looking at results gained in Years 10,11, 12 and 13.  The impact of the curriculum is reviewed through student voice activities and results data alongside student destinations.  The retention rate of students is excellent from the Tech Award to the Extended certificate and Diploma courses.

Enjoyment of the curriculum and its format allows students to access all aspects of the courses which promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour.  Students feel safe to try new things.  This allows the department to contribute to the World class status of the school and offer a world class curriculum.  As well as making progress in their studies, the department has an impact on the students’ wider development through their involvement in initiatives such as Weatherfriends, Makaton and First Aid training.

Facilities

2 large classrooms designed for examination subjects with ICT access; specialist Weathertots room.

These facilities offer students the chance to develop their skills and achieve success. The specialist equipment allows for focused lessons in a bright and positive environment. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and these are used to enhance lessons through the use of visual materials.

Support

Classrooms are available at lunchtimes and after school for support clinics. Teachers are there to offer advice and give support to enable students to achieve their best. The use of the clinics promotes student independence in their learning.

Extra-Curricular

  • Placement and volunteer programme for post 16 students – linked to the post 16 course they are studying.
  • Pink Week in Sixth Form – raising funds for breast cancer awareness.
  • Regular fundraising and charity events including cake sales, discos and Race for Life.
  • Makaton course for Childcare students to enable them to gain vital skills in interacting with children.
  • First Aid course for Childcare students to give them a qualification in Paediatric First Aid.

This diverse subject area of Health and Social Care offers students a wonderful opportunity to achieve within a subject they thoroughly enjoy.  This subject is extremely popular and the clear progression routes to further and higher education or employment support all abilities to develop and attain high grades.  The teachers are passionate about their subject and through caring and supportive programmes they meet the needs of the students which makes this a very successful department.

Mrs Woods
Head of Health Studies

HSC Learning Journey