Curriculum Overview – Year 9
Year 9 H&SC students have opted into this subject. This year they will focus on Component 1: Human Life span development. Learners will explore different aspects of growth and development and the factors that can affect this across the life stages. They will explore the different events that can impact on individuals’ physical, intellectual, emotional and social (PIES) development and how individuals cope with and are supported through changes caused by life events.
For example- How do people grow and develop through their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices and relationships affect this? Understanding these processes is essential knowledge and understanding for health and social care practitioners. In this component, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to adulthood, this includes PIES development and the different factors that may affect this. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving to a new house and you will learn about how people adapt to these changes, as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.
Learners will be assessed by coursework assignments, which will be worth 30% of their final grade. They will also develop transferable skills, such as written communication skills to support your progression to Level 2 or 3 vocational or academic qualifications.
Curriculum Overview – Year 10
Year 10 students will spend the year focusing on Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values. Learners will explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of service users. They will also study the skills, attributes and values required when giving care.
For example- At some point in life everyone will need health care. It is likely that you have already had an appointment with a doctor in your lifetime, in which case you would be described as a service user. This means that you have been given health care from a person who was trained to give you care – they are called ‘service providers’. You might know someone who needs social care. This is different from health care, although both types of care are closely linked. People who need social care are not always ill – they may be unable to carry out everyday activities like getting dressed or feeding themselves, or they may need help with their day-to-day lives. Providing good health and social care services is important and service providers need to have the appropriate skills, attributes and values to meet the needs of service users. These skills, attributes and values are important because they enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm. This component will give you an understanding of health and social care services and will help you to understand the skills, attributes and values that are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers).
Learners will be assessed by coursework assignments, which will be worth 30% of their final grade. This component will help you to progress to Level 2 or 3 vocational or academic qualifications.
Curriculum Overview – Year 11
Year 11 students will spend the year focusing on Component 3: Health and Wellbeing. Learners will explore the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and person-centred approaches to make recommendations to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.
For example- What does being healthy actually mean? It can mean different things to different people: you might think ‘healthy’ is not having to visit the doctor but an older person might consider it being mobile and able to get out and about, being happy and having friends. In this component, you will explore the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. You will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for a person’s state of health. You will learn how this information is used to recommend appropriate actions for improving a person’s health and wellbeing. Additionally, you will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes. Summary of assessment- This external component builds on knowledge and understanding acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2, and includes synoptic assessment, a written exam. Learners will apply their knowledge and understanding of human lifespan development and life events, sources and types of support, health and social care services, the skills, attributes and values that contribute to care and the barriers and personal obstacles to accessing services. An exam worth 60 marks will be completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is 2 hours and should be arranged in the period timetabled by Pearson. The assessment availability is January and May. This component is worth 40% of their final grade.
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