Thurston Community College

Health and Social Care Curriculum

Intent of Health and Social Care

The mission of the Health and Social Care within the Social Sciences Department is in preparation for their Level 2 and 3 qualifications is to engage all students in the theory and real-life application.  Opportunities will be given in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 to explore career links with the subject matter. They will understand the role of health and social care in the world of work and how they can apply their understanding to roles in the wider community beyond the classroom. 

Intent Year 10

In Year 10 Students will study two units of study: RO22 Communication and RO27 Creative Activities. As these units require an understanding of how to work independently, carry out research and consider the best way to present this information, the year begins with an introductory unit developing the skills and attitudes needed to be successful.

RO22 requires students to know and understand the different types of communication and the impact that this can have on another individual. This means that there will be many opportunities to see, review and practice their own communication skills as well as understanding how different practitioners use communication in different contexts. They will also investigate the role of the environment and how this can help better communication. This will inform the students of the skills required for the practical elements of this unit where they have to demonstrate their own skills in a one-to-one and group situation. This unit will be moderated in May to reliably inform student progress and to identify those students who require further intervention as the course continues. It will also help students with progression as they plan their Post-16 pathway.

RO27 requires students to know the different types of activities that occur in a health and social care and early years context and the benefits that such activities bring to an individual’s development. Students will have the opportunity to try some of the activities out and make links between the activities and how it benefits the development of an individual. With reference to this and their learning from RO22, students plan, carry out and evaluate their own activity with a small group of individuals - this may be linked to their work experience placement (TBC) - but it's timing should ensure better weather so students can plan an activity that takes place outside.

Intent Year 11

In Year 11 students will continue their studies completing RO21 Principles of Care and RO31 First Aid. 

RO21 is the examined unit. This will run during the Autumn term in preparation for a January examination - this allows for students to retake in June if unsuccessful but also provides greater reliability when discussing student progress and means that 50% of the course will be externally verified. As the exam is very specific about the responses that gain marks, as well as learning the content, students will also be given guidance about how to approach the exam. This will include a focus on subject-specific vocabulary, key concepts and the links between the different Learning Objectives. Students will gain confidence in examination skills throughout the course via regular low stakes (every lesson) and less regularly (per Learning Objective) via higher stakes formative testing. Students will respond to feedback and use this to become confident in the expectations for success in the exam. They will also have the opportunity to sit a formal mock exam being supported with a revision guide and activity book.

RO31 is the final unit and due to COVID adjustments may not need to be a moderated unit of work. However, the unit offers students a practical and valuable skill that they can take with them to the next step of their education and employment pathways. It also offers the opportunity for students to have a synoptic approach to the course as it makes reference to the other units of the course as students have to demonstrate how they communicate with others; how they would deal with certain medical conditions and show that they can apply the principles of care.

Health and Social Care technical qualification is offered at extended certificate; Diploma and Extended Diploma level. There is a clear progression route from studying Health & Social Care, Child Development, and Psychology at Key Stage 4 but is inclusive and can be the right course for students who do not have this background. We encourage students who are considering university, apprenticeship or employment in the health and social care sectors to take advantage of the level of preparation that this course offers and how their learning is extended through work experiences, volunteering and external agencies who work with us. There is an emphasis on scenarios in both the examined and portfolio units, so an ability to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical and real-life situations is supported by this approach. For students who are considering other progression routes, the course offers students life skills such as communication, working with others, health and safety, understanding diversity, time management, problem solving and the role of legislation that are all key features of the world of work. 

Due to the independent nature of the Extended Diploma, there is some flexibility to offer additional units that best match the preferred progression route for students so these units are not as fixed as for the other qualifications.

Threads of powerful knowledge in Health and Social Care 

Health and Social care  involves a set of general themes that provide the basis for:

  1. Understanding the importance of communication in a variety of settings 
  2. Understanding the key principles of care in a range of settings 
  3. Understanding the importance of safeguarding and legislation 
  4. Understanding the  diversity of need in a range of settings 

Development of practical skills which can be used in the world of work.

Cultural reading and enrichment in Health and Social Care settings 

  • Links to local care homes 
  • Voluntary experience is encourage 
  • Visiting speakers 

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