Social Sciences

Health & Social Care

BTEC Health and Social Care (Mrs Rodrigues)

Single Option – Level 2
BTEC First Level 1 /2 Award (equivalent to 1 GCSE grade A* - C)

This course is targeted at students who have Expected Progress (EP) targets of A* - C.

This is an excellent course for students who wish to go into careers that include Nursing, Primary Teaching, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Mental Health care.

The course focuses on key knowledge and skills required to work in the Health and Social Care sector. We look at Communication, Equality and meeting individual needs. We also look at Health Promotions. You will also sit an external exam that looks at Human Development. This course does not focus on looking after children.

Whilst the course is 75% coursework based, it is recognised as being demanding in its own right. There is a heavy work load associated with the continuous assessment of coursework. Deadlines are tight and as a result the course moves with pace and rigour. Students need to motivated, have excellent time management skills and be able to work independently both in lessons and at home. They will need to undertake extended periods of time when they will be working on computers producing coursework.

Double Option - Level 1
GCSE Health and Social Care ( 1 GCSE graded A* - G)

This is targeted at students who have Expected Progress (EP) targets of grade D to G.

This course again focuses on knowledge and skills required to work in the Health and Social Care Sector. It does not focus on looking after children.

The course involves:

  • An externally examined Unit on Understanding Personal Development and Relationships and counts for 40 % of the GCSE.
  • A controlled assessment that is completed under controlled conditions and focuses on Exploring Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision. This counts for 60 % of the GCSE.

Students once again need to be motivated, have excellent time management skills and be able to work independently for extended periods of time -particularly in the controlled assessment.

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, which uses research-based evidence to explain our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. At all levels, students need to develop science skills in order to understand the methodology and analysis of data.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Psychology is offered as a three-year GCSE beginning in Year 9. The GCSE specification is currently being changed. It is expected that the course will culminate in two exams in the summer of Year 11, and that the papers will not necessarily be equally weighted. There will be no coursework.

In Year 9, students learn what Psychology is and how to design, conduct, analyse and evaluate psychological research. Students will also conduct their own mini-investigations.

The content of Years 10 and 11 depends on the new specifications. However, it is expected that students may learn topics such as:

  • Development – how did you develop?
  • Memory – how does your memory work?
  • Psychological problems – how would psychological problems affect you?
  • The brain and neuropsychology – how does your brain affect you?
  • Social influence – how do others affect you?
  • Criminal psychology – why do people become criminals?
  • Sleep and dreaming – why do you need to sleep and dream?

Key Stage 5

Within A-Level Psychology, students will learn how to describe, apply, analyse and evaluate psychological theories, processes and research.

  • Unit 1: Introductory Topics - Students will learn the topics of Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.
  • Unit 2: Psychology in Context - Students will gain an appreciation of Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, how psychogical research is conducted and how results are analysed.
  • Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology - Students will study Issues and Debates within Psychology, and then three topics from a range of options including: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction.
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