Health and Social Care

Curriculum Overview – Year 9

Year 9 H&SC students have opted into this subject area. For the first half term students will sample an overall introduction to health and social care. They will then spend the rest of the year focusing on Component 1: Human Lifespan Development. Students will investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events. They will be assessed by coursework. For example- How do people grow and develop through their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices and relationships affect this? In this component, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age, this includes physical, intellectual, emotional and social development, and the different factors that may affect them. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage or bereavement, and students will learn about how people adapt to these changes, as well as the types and sources of support that can help them. Learning aims -To understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it, and to investigate how individuals deal with life events.

Curriculum Overview – Year 10

Year 10 students will spend the year focusing on Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values. Students will study and explore practically, health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values. They will be assessed by coursework. For example- At some point in a person’s life they will need health care. It is likely that they have already had an appointment with a doctor. They are described as a ‘service user’. This means that they have been given health care from a person who was trained to give care – they are called ‘service providers’. 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 very important and a set of ‘care values’ exists to ensure that this happens. Care 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 students an understanding of health and social care services and will help them develop skills in applying care values that are common across the sector. Learning aims- To understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them, and to demonstrate care values and review own practice.

Curriculum Overview – Year 11

Year 11 students will spend the year focusing on Component 3: Health and Wellbeing. Students will study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, learning about physiological and lifestyle indicators, and how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan. 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, students will look at the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. Students will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators, and what they mean for someone’s state of health. Students will also learn how to use this information to design an appropriate plan for improving someone’s health and wellbeing, including short- and long-term targets. Additionally, students will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes. Students will develop skills in analysing information and communicating for a specific purpose, which will support their progression to Level 3 vocational or academic qualifications. This external (exam) component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2. Learners will be given a case study and will assess an individual’s health and wellbeing, drawing on their understanding of life events from Component 1. They will design a health and wellbeing improvement plan that draws on their knowledge of services and care values from Component 2.

Curriculum Leader

Mrs S Finney – sfinney@sbch.org.uk