Health and Social Care Curriculum Overview
The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:
In Year 10 students are introduced to the two compulsory units of the course. In the first unit they learn about the different life stages and what physical, intellectual, emotional and social changes take place. They also find out about factors that affect growth and development and learn to relate this both to their own lives and to those of other people. The second compulsory unit focuses on health and social care values, such as confidentiality and dignity, and encourages students to empathise with those in different situations to their own. They then learn how to empower an individual to get the most out of the health and social care sector. Taking part in work experience in this area will help when it comes to completing work on this unit.
In Year 11 students are allowed a little more freedom to study two optional units. The first of these focuses on effective communication and barriers to communication. The unit allows students to explore different forms of communication, such as Braille and British Sign Language, as well as investigating how these can be used within the health and social care setting. The second unit looks at various issues related to health and wellbeing and gives students the opportunity to research a topic of choice in some detail and then create some promotional materials to accompany this. Topics chosen recently include healthy eating, safe sex, binge drinking and smoking.