Care Studies

Health & Social Care (Key Stage 4 and 5 (BTEC levels 2 and 3))

Our aims are:

  • To ensure every student succeeds at their own level by providing a first class educational experience
  • To widen students’ understanding of the world of work, particularly within the caring services
  • To provide every student with an understanding of the needs of clients within the caring services and how those needs may be met

Through our classwork we strive to challenge students’ current understanding of health and social care provision and to investigate these areas through independent and supported research. Key Stage 5 currently have 4 lessons per week covering supporting individuals with specific and special needs and human lifespan development in year 12; looking at future career prospects in health and social care industries, and humanistic and client centred care models. The syllabus uses the Pearson examination board’s specifications. Staff write their own schemes of work and lesson plans based on the examination board’s syllabus.

Key Stage 4 is delivered over three years at 2 hours per week. In year 9, we cover the exam unit 1: Human Lifespan Development, which is a look at how people grow and develop throughout their lives, how we are affected by life events and lifestyle choices, and centres around the four aspects of a person; Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social. The other three units; Health and Social Care Values, Effective Communication in Health and Social Care, and Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care, are all delivered internally and assessed by the writing of assignments.

We have a dedicated Care Studies classroom which has a digital projector, a SMARTboard and a variety of different wall displays. Lessons are taught by a specialist, highly qualified and experienced teacher. Various textbooks are provided for students and ICT facilities are used regularly for research and assignments. The LRC is also used regularly for research and work.

Students are encouraged to participate in a relevant Work Experience, particularly during years 11 and 12 to support their learning and in preparation for UCAS applications at the end of year 12.

A wide variety of technical resources are used to compliment the learning including audio revision, video feedback, online flashcards, and games.

BTEC Children’s Play Learning and Development (CPLD)

Offered at Key Stage 5 as a 2 year course leading to the National Award.

Our aims are:

  • To ensure every student succeeds at their own level by providing a first class educational experience
  • To widen students’ understanding of the world of work, particularly within the care of children sector (0-16 years)
  • To provide every student with an understanding of the needs of children and how those needs may be met

Through our classwork we strive to challenge students’ current understanding of childcare and children’s development and to investigate these areas through independent and supported research.

Key Stage 5 is delivered over two years for four lessons per week. In year 12 we cover the exam unit Children’s Development, which is essential study in child psychology and the theories which are the root of our understanding of child development. Alongside this, we work on the assignment unit, Keeping Children Safe which covers health and safety, safeguarding from abuse, and infection control.

In year 13, students will have a controlled assessment to complete on the unit Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills, which uses some of the same theories as those in year 12, but with more of a focus on supporting children in learning to speak, listen, write, and use number. Alongside this, students will complete an assignment for the unit; Play and Learning. A leading child care and education specialist, Maria Montessori once said that “Play is the Work of the Child”. This unit looks at making use of the theories from year 12 with this philosophy in mind.

Students are supported throughout the course with regular review meetings thus enabling them to achieve their full potential.

We have a dedicated Care Studies room which has a digital projector, a SMARTboard and a variety of different wall displays. Lessons are taught by experienced teachers. Textbooks are provided for students and ICT facilities are used regularly for research and assignments. The LRC is also used regularly for research and work.

A wide variety of technical resources are used to compliment the learning including audio revision, video feedback, online flashcards, and games.

Students are required to have completed a minimum of 50 hours of work placement at an early years or education setting, working with children up to the age of 7 years 11 months. As such, there is a requirement for students to complete a DBS check before starting their placements.