Health & Social Care

Teaching Staff

  • G Nicholson (Director of Learning)
  • J Armstrong

Department Information

The Department of Health and Social Care at King James has had tremendous success with students doing both Level 2 and Level 3 courses. It has enabled students to work in the Health and Social Care Sector of employment or to continue their studies at University. Students have gone on from Health & Social care to work in the care sector, early years, education, and the NHS to list a few.

 We have developed firm relationships with local organisations who offer work placements and guest speakers to enhance what is learned in the classroom environment. This provides students with an excellent insight into how their learning can be applied in the ‘real world’.

Within the course at both levels 2 and 3, students develop a breadth of knowledge about how humans develop across the course of their life and of different social, environmental, genetic and personal factors that impact upon development, health and wellbeing.  Students also develop knowledge and practical skills which relate to the working sectors of healthcare and social care.

 

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 student can opt to study the BTEC National Extended Certificate (5 hours per week over two years) or the National Diploma (10 hours per week over 2 years). The National Extended Certificate requires students to undertake four units of work, compared to eight units of work in the National Diploma (please see table below for an overview of the units).

Students may also be given the option of a placement within the health or social care sector at the end of year 12.

Year 12

Students will investigate human lifespan development and the factors which will have an impact on growth and development throughout the life span. We will also look at working in the health and social care sector, to prepare students for future employment in this field. Students may have the opportunity to take a work placement to support this learning. We also consider why some people are more likely to become ill than others and how Public Health is tackling this. Students will complete a unit of work on providing effective care for individuals, which helps them to understand the different elements involved in supporting people in the health or social care sector.

Year 13

Students will examine current research in the sectors and understand the strengths and limitations of research methodology.  We will look at good practice in promoting public health on a National and regional scale. Students will also look into the health and safety aspect of working within the sector, including safeguarding practice. With our final unit, students will gain knowledge of a wide range of additional needs that individuals may face and how to support those with these needs.

National Extended Certificate in HSC

Year 12

Year 13

Human Life Span Development

Exam 25% of final grade

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Coursework – 16.5% of final grade

Meeting Individual Care and Supporting Needs

Coursework – 25% of final grade

Working in Health and Social Care Sector

Exam – 33.5% of final grade

National Diploma in HSC

Year 12

Year 13

Human Life Span Development

Exam 12.5% of final grade

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

Coursework – 8% of final grade

Working in Health and Social Care Sector

Exam – 16.5% of final grade

Enquiries into Current Research and Health and Social Care

Controlled assessment – 16.5% of final grade

Meeting Individual Care and Supporting Needs

Coursework – 12.5% of final grade

Promoting Public Health

Coursework - 12.5% of final grade

Sociological Perspectives

Coursework – 8% of final grade

Principles of Safe Practice

Coursework – 12.5% of final grade