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Health and Social Care

Teaching Staff

Ms J Henderson
Mrs W Strain
Ms L Mawhinney

Introduction
The Health and Social Care qualification provides pupils with a knowledge and understanding of the care sector.  The course includes: health, early-years care and education, social care and takes account of the integration of services.

 

Teaching and Learning Aims

The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop and sustain an interest in health, early-years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of health, early-years care and education and issues affecting the health and social care sector
  • Develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector including skills of research, evaluation and problem-solving in a work related context
  • Apply knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Prepare for further study and training.

The content at AS will focus on the needs of clients and the techniques and professional services aimed at meeting those needs. Candidates are to be assessed in the following key areas of study:

  • Rights, responsibilities and values
  • Communication in care settings
  • Health and well-being.

The content at A2 will develop AS content through addressing the factors affecting, and issues involved in, service delivery. Candidates are to be assessed in the following key areas of study:

  • Service provision and practitioner roles
  • Understanding human behaviour and development
  • Their ability to draw together aspects of these areas in a variety of contexts.

 

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE A-Level

Pupils are required to study 3 modules for AS level and 6 in total for A2.  All Units carry EQUAL weighting. AS UNITS

Unit F910: Promoting quality care

  • Attitudes and prejudices
  • Rights and responsibilities of people who use services and providers
  • Facilitation of access to services
  • Values of care
  • How organisations promote quality care.

Unit F911: Communication in care settings

  • Types of communication
  • Factors that support and inhibit communication
  • Communication skills
  • Theories relating to communication
  • Interaction with the person who uses services(s)/practitioner(s).

Unit F912: Promoting good health

  • Principles of health and well-being
  • Preventative measures and job roles
  • Planning a health promotion campaign
  • Carry out a health promotion campaign.

 

YEAR 13 SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1

AS Unit F910: Promoting Quality Care

Examination Paper – 1hr 30min – 100marks

33.3% of AS

16.7 % of A Level

2

AS Unit F911: Communication in Care Settings

Portfolio – 50marks

33.3% of AS

16.7 % of A Level

3

AS Unit F912: Promoting Good Health

Portfolio – 50marks

33.3% of AS

16.7 % of A Level


 

A2 UNITS

Unit F919: Care practice and provision

  • Planning and provision of services
  • Effects of national policy and legislation on care practice and provision
  • How quality assurance is promoted by services
  • Conducting a survey relating to quality assurance
  • How services and practitioners meet individual needs
  • Ways in which practitioners within services work in partnerships.

Unit F920: Understanding human behaviour and development

  • Factors influencing human development
  • Theories of human development
  • The application of theories to aid the understanding of human behaviour and development.

Unit F922: Child development

  • Development and monitoring
  • Factors that influence development and norms of development
  • The role of play in development
  • How to plan and make a learning aid/activity for a child (0-8).

YEAR 14 SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1

A2 Unit F919: Care Practice and Provision

Portfolio – 50marks

16.7 % of A Level

2

A2 Unit F920: Understanding Human Behaviour and Development

Examination Paper – 1hr 30min – 100marks

16.7 % of A Level

3

A2 Unit F922: Child Development

Portfolio – 50marks

16.7 % of A Level

 

Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

Opportunities are available for pupils to support their studies in Health & Social Care. Pupils will visit Steeple Nursery and carry out observational work to gain an appreciation of how children are cared for in a Nursery school setting. They will also be given opportunities to work with the children in small groups and meet with their teachers.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities within the Health and Social Care (HSC) system in Northern Ireland. All staff working as part of the HSC team play an important role in the delivery of vital care and services to the local population. Depending on the pupil’s skills, personal interests and qualifications, there are a wide range of opportunities available. This ranges from: