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Health and Social Care

Curriculum Statement:

‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’

The level 3 Health and Social Care course has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector and focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s employers demand. Students will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills. This will allow them to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people they are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst they maintain control of their own care and support. Students will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of conditions or illnesses. Students will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that they can ensure the people they are working with are not only able to access all the care and support they are entitled to, but are also able to protect themselves from any harm or abuse whilst at work

Health and Social Care promotes opportunities for students to draw from real life experiences, case studies and opportunities to undertake research to compliment learning and create skills that will be used throughout their lives. These skills encourage students to think for themselves and begin to challenge the way they perceive the world we live in. Furthermore, highlighting how a human relationships, physical environments and socioeconomic status may influence how they develop.

Through investigation of health and well-being and how our lifestyle choices effect how healthy we are, students access different resources and external agency advice and guidance that encourages them to talk about areas and raise awareness of signs and symptoms of: abuse, addiction, illness and mental health.

With a wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care, Health, safety and security in health and social care, Anatomy and physiology for health and social care, Personalisation and a person centred approach to care, and Safeguarding, has resulted in focused qualifications which, dependent on the size chosen, either complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications, A Levels, or may constitute the bulk of a two-year study programme.

‘It is health that is the real wealth.’

As UK Citizens we are privileged to have access to the National Health Service and other supporting services that allow us to live healthy lives. It is imperative students are aware of how the 7 Care Values are transferable skills that they will adhere to throughout their working lives and when working alongside others and within their families. Through reflective practice of their own actions and performance this course intends to instil values in students that will encourage them to be well rounded individuals in society with the confidence to chase their career aspirations and to create, thoughtful and caring individuals who will in turn, pass these values on in the future.