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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

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Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care (Level 3) - Cambridge Technical Qualification

Cambridge Technical Qualification (Level 3) Health and Social Care

Course Outline:

This is an OCR Cambridge Technical qualification which means that it will give you UCAS points for university as well as skills for employment. You will study a total of six units over the two years, three of which are assessed through external examinations and three are through on-going assessment of your coursework. Examinations are available in both January and June of Years 12 and 13. This can really help to spread your workload and help you to achieve the best grades possible across all your courses. You can study either the AS or the A2 equivalent giving total flexibility.

Year 12

In Year 12 all students must complete a work placement in the care sector. This is fit in around your existing studies/timetable.

Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care - Coursework (60 guided learning hours) 

As part of this coursework module you must undertake a work placement in a care setting. Part of this work placement will involve carrying out a study into methods of communication used between service providers and service users and or their advocates and demonstrate that you can build positive relationships which is an essential part of delivering compassionate care. Whilst in school you will look at the work of theorists such as Tuckman and Argyle.

Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care - Exam (60 guided learning hours) 1 x 1 hour 30 minute paper
In this unit we will look at diversity in many areas of health and social care such as disability, marriage, family structure and education to name a few and the legislation that supports it. You will learn about the possible causes of discriminatory practices and the impacts this can have on individuals in care situations.

Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care - Exam (60 guided learning hours) 1 x 1 hour 30 minute paper

Promoting wellbeing and ensuring safe and secure environments in the sector is essential. You will consider steps that need to be taken to keep not only service users but also service providers, their families, visitors and advocates free from harm. You will study some principles of first aid, how to keep both service user and service providers safe, safeguarding, legislation that supports the sector as well as steps to take in an emergency.

Year 13

Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care - 
Exam (90 guided learning hours) 1 x 2 hour paper

You will study the structure and function of some of the tissues, organs and bodily systems that enable healthy bodily processes to take place in a co-ordinated way. This includes a study of the cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems as well as the roles played by organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. You will learn about some of the conditions that are the result of body parts malfunctioning.

Infection Control -
Coursework (60 guided learning hours)

Infection control is very important for good health, especially in large organisations such as hospitals, schools and residential homes where an outbreak could  affect hundreds of people. In this unit you will learn about the risks associated with poor infection control. You will examine the chain of infection and the methods of controlling its spread. You will be involved in practical demonstrations relating to infection control techniques and visit service providers.

Public Health - 
Coursework (30 guided learning hours)

You will carry out independent academic research into public health strategiesand analyse their impact from the data found. You will summarise your findingsin a formal report.

Entry Requirements:

it is important that students have four GCSE’s at grade 4 or above (including Maths and English) as well as being able to demonstrate that you are organised and committed. You should be able to demonstrate a good attendance record in key stage 4.

Teaching Methods

students will take part in discussions and workshops with teaching staff and health care professionals as well as through both organised school visits and independent research into various health care settings. Students will need to have an inquisitive mind and be prepared to read around the topics studied and carry out independent research.

Progression Opportunities:

Students who have previously studied this course have gone on to university to study nursing, midwifery, social work, PE teaching, occupational therapy, public services as well as range of other non-health care related degrees. Students have also made the successful transition to college courses and of course employment. The course is a good preparation for university as students have to carry out independent research and use academic materials which they reference appropriately. As the course has a large coursework component you must develop independence to ensure that all deadlines are met.