at Cockermouth School

Health and Social Care

With Health and Social Care we aim to actively engage students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners. We also encourage students to understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations.

Students will develop a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social-care and early-years sectors and be able to examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues.

Key Stage 4

60% Coursework in Health, Social and Early years provision
40% Exam Understanding Personal Development and Relationships

Within GCSE Health and Social Care coursework we look at engaging students in the process of understanding the care needs of different groups of people. We focus on barriers that might prevent people from accessing services and the effect this may have on their development. We look at the principles that underpin all care work and the main job roles which work within health, social and early year sectors. The coursework is primarily independent and requires learners to engage in reflection and be able to problem solve within their own work.

The GCSE exam focuses on the different stages of human growth and development from babies to the elderly. We look at how factors can affect our human growth and development and how these can also have an effect on our self-esteem and contribute to the different relationships we will have in our life. We also focus on life changes and the different types of support within health, social and early years' sectors.

There will be visits to the different services and guest speakers from the world of health, social and early years services

Key Stage 5

60% Coursework – 4 units of portfolio work AS Level: Promoting Good Health & Communication in Care and A Level Child Development & Care Practice and Provision
40% Exam – AS Level: Promoting Quality Care, A Level: Social Trends

Within A Level Health and Social Care we aim to engage students in the process of care and to develop independent leaners, who can use reflection to analyse and problem solve. Within the four units of portfolio study, learners are expected to engage in lesson and work independently to deliver a detailed and creative piece of coursework. All coursework units focus on an area of health and social care, for example how we promote health, how a child develops and how services work in partnership to benefit the clients.

Exam revision is taught by understanding key terminology and the command verbs, allowing students to learn the best ways to answer the questions. The exams focus on care within health and social care and how demographics can help plan and deliver services.

Guest speakers are used to help the students understand the field of health and social care and visits to care services are linked with the units of study.

Outside the Classroom

We offer many opportunities to seek support for their coursework units and have after school and lunch provision set up. We offer consistent and regular feedback to our students to help them progress throughout the years.