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Health and Social Care
Modern society is ever evolving in terms of ‘societal norms’, however human development and how we treat and care for one another continues to be at its core. Health and Social Care helps our students discover the impact of positive and negative human development and equips them with the necessary skills to critically analyse how these factors affect our day to day lives. Health and Social Care enables students to explore academically, and practically, areas that influence how we develop throughout life stages and in turn raise expectations of how we can live successful and healthy lives now and in our future.
Through the Health and Social Care curriculum, students will develop knowledge and understanding which can effectively lead them into any of the caring professions. Students will be supported and encouraged to complete independent research and apply study skills that will empower and enable them to achieve success and live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Health and Social Care is a popular choice that is on offer at most mainstream schools. Whilst examining boards may differ in each school there is a close similarity in terms of subject content, which allows an easy subject transition from STARS to most other schools.
Many of the skills pupils develop will be transferable, and should prove to be excellent life skills for the future. For example, they will be taught to explain, describe and analyse effectively. They will learn the importance of effective communication both verbal and non-verbal and its impact.
Health and Social Care promotes opportunities for students to draw from real life experiences and case studies, and offers opportunities to undertake research to complement learning and create skills that will be used throughout their lives. These skills encourage students to think outside typical teenage ego-centrism and begin to challenge the way they perceive the world we live in.
Through investigation of health and well-being and how our lifestyle choices affect 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. Diversity in students supplements learning by allowing group discussions to be engaging, promoting time for powerful knowledge and cultural capital to be explored. Through this we are able to develop and challenge pupil’s mindsets.
British Values underpin many aspects of the course that we deliver within Health and Social Care. Both Law, Democracy, Positive Values and Employment Law are covered to some depth as well as the importance of these laws in determining British liberties and freedoms. In our health units, we analyse the impact of mutual respect, tolerance and equal opportunities when working with employees and people from a wide range of sectors. Discussions and debates on how different ethnic groups, religious beliefs and male and female gender equalities are regularly witnessed within lessons; these are key to students understanding how every individual has a place in today’s society, and how the nine protected characteristics are defined and protected in law.