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Health & Social Care Department

  1. Offered at Key Stage 4 (GCSE double/single awards) and 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 class work we strive to challenge students' current understanding of health and social care provision and to investigate these areas through independent and supported research
  4. Key Stage 4 currently have 6 lessons per fortnight, covering topics such as Human Development, Needs and Services, Health and Well-Being.
    Key Stage 5 currently have 9 lessons per fortnight for the single award and 18 lessons per fortnight for the double award, covering Effective Caring, Effective Communication, Health Illness and Disease, Child Development, Nutrition and Dietetics, Common Diseases and Disorders, Working in HSC, Exercise and Health and Well-Being, Disabilities, Psychology.
    Both the GCSE and A level syllabi use the AQA examination board's specifications.
    Staff write their own schemes of work and lesson plans based on the examination board's syllabi.
  5. 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 specialist teachers including a Scientist, a Food Technologist and a Psychologist. 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.
  6. Students are encouraged to join in extra coursework lessons after school. They are also encouraged to participate in a relevant Work Experience in July.

BTEC Children's Care Learning and Development (CCLD)

  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 class work 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 9 lessons per fortnight, covering Positive Relationships for CCLD, Positive Environments for CCLD, Promoting Children's Development, Protecting Children and Reflecting on and Developing Practice (Work Placement).

    The course follows Edexcel's examination board's BTEC specifications.
    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 i.e. it is all coursework. Students are supported throughout the course with regular review meetings thus enabling them to achieve their full potential.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 60 hours work experience. They will be expected to complete a CRB check for this.

    Mothers and their young babies regularly visit the classroom to enable the students to gather first hand information about the care of babies and to conduct a longitudinal study. We also have our own demonstrator "baby" to enable the students to practise their skills of looking after young infants.

N.B. There are photographs available subject to consent.

General Studies

  • Offered at Key Stage 5 (AS/A2)
  • Our aims are:
    • To ensure every student succeeds at their own level by providing a first class educational experience
    • To widen students' understanding of current Scientific and Cultural issues within society
  • Through the class work we strive to challenge students' knowledge of current issues
  • Key Stage 5 currently has 1 lesson per fortnight, covering Culture and Society, and Science and Society
  • The A level syllabi use the AQA examination board's specifications.
  • Staff write their own lesson plans based on the examination board's syllabi. These include discussions and preparation for the final examinations.
  • Staff use their own teaching rooms which all have an overhead projector, a whiteboard and a variety of different wall displays. Lessons are taught by specialist teachers (Science/Humanities). ICT facilities are used for research. The LRC is also used regularly for research and work, and quality newspapers and magazines can be read here.
  • Students are encouraged to watch the news, read quality newspapers and to keep up to date with what is happening in the world.