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Health & Social Care Department

  1. Offered at Key Stage 5 (AS/A2 single and double awards)
  2. 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
  3. 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 Effective Caring, Communication, Life as a challenge, Working in Health and Social Care, Psychology, and Learning & Development. The A level syllabus uses the AQA examination board's specifications. Staff write their own schemes of work and lesson plans based on the examination board's syllabus.
  4. We have a dedicated Health and Social Care/Childcare room which has an overhead projector, a whiteboard and a variety of different wall displays. Lessons are taught by a specialist, highly qualified and experienced teacher. Textbooks are provided for every student and ICT facilities are used regularly for research and assignments. The LRC is also used regularly for research and work.
  5. Students are encouraged to participate in a relevant Work Experience in July to support their learning and in preparation for UCAS applications.
  6. 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)

  1. Offered at Key Stage 5 as a 2 year course leading to the National Award.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Key Stage 5 currently have 4 lessons per week, covering Child Development, Supporting personal, social and emotional development, Play and Learning, Health and safety, Safeguarding, and Observation, assessment and planning. The course follows Edexcel's examination board's BTEC specifications and includes a compulsory exam in one unit. Staff write their own schemes of work and lesson plans based on the examination board's specification. All work is assessed internally and moderated externally
  5. Students are supported throughout the course with regular review meetings thus enabling them to achieve their full potential.
  6. We have a dedicated Health and Social Care/Childcare room which has an overhead projector, a whiteboard and a variety of different wall displays. Lessons are taught by experienced teachers. Textbooks are provided for every student and ICT facilities are used regularly for research and assignments. The LRC is also used regularly for research and work.
  7. A wide variety of technical resources are used to compliment the learning including audio revision, video feedback, online flashcards, and games.
  8. Students are expected to attend a work placement fortnightly, where they are able to apply their theoretical knowledge to the workplace. They will conduct observations of the children in their care. The course requires a minimum of 50 hours of work experience. They will be expected to complete a CRB check for this.