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Health & Social Care at Key Stage 4

 Edexcel GCSE in Health and Social Care
Assessment Details
External Assessment (40% of the total GCSE course) and Internally Assessed through Controlled Assessment ( 60% of the total GCSE course).
What is studied on the course?
Understanding Personal Development and Relationships- External Assessment
  • Human growth and development
  • Factors affecting human growth and development
  • Effects of relationships on personal growth and development
  • The effect of life events on personal development.
Exploring Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision- Internally Assessed
  • The range of care needs of major client groups
  • How health care, social care and early years services are accessed and the barriers to access
  • How health, social care and early years services are provided
  • Workers in health, social care and early years
  • Care values which underpin service provider interaction.
How is it taught?
Students will be taught in a way that will provide them with opportunities to actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent students. They will be taught to understand aspects of personal development, and the health, social care and early year’s sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.
Students will also be given the opportunities to develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors. They will also be able to examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues.
Who should study this course?
It will suit any student who is seriously considering a career in the care sector. This course is open to any student interested in the practice and delivery of care in health, social or educational settings, covering all age ranges.
Anyone who wants to achieve a high grade at GCSE will find that this is an interesting alternative to other subjects normally on offer. It is highly regarded by the care sector and will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential to anyone who is interested in working in the sector.
What careers or courses does it lead to?
This course would be helpful for students who wish to work in the care sector. It is recommended that students complete a Key Stage 4 work placement in a related area. The qualification will also allow progression onto the Post 16 Level 3 course offered in the Sixth Form.