About 3 million people in the UK work in health and social care, that is equivalent to 1 in every 10 people.  Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it is sure to continue to play a key role in UK society, therefore, the demand to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase.  The rationale is to provide a dynamic, knowledgeable and rich KS4 curriculum, which gives students access and progress to further education.  This course will help students to develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation and research skills.

It will also be an intention to raise student aspirations by developing key links with colleges for all students.  Students will also be able to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from other GCSE subjects where relevant.  It does not limit progression options because the skills acquired are applicable to a range of future pathways.

Students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to later adulthood and the factors that may affect this.  They will look at major life events, which are both expected (marriage, parenthood) and unexpected (illness, accidents).  Students will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy.  Students will understand how people adapt to these changes and the local and national health and social care support that is available to them and go onto researching health and social care services in our local community.  They will look at how people access the available services provided and the support that is given in the local community.  Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios.  Students will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health to design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve the individual’s health and well-being.  Students will undertake project work on basic first aid, along with learning about Makaton, how and when it is used.  They will also have the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend.

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