Health and Social Care

The Health and Social Care department endeavours to fulfil the school mission by providing an ambitious and relevant curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to support students to flourish into well-rounded individuals, who have a love for and respect the world around them.

We hope to inspire and empower our students to have the faith to make a positive, meaningful difference in the lives of others and contribute to the wellbeing of communities.

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." ~ Colossians 3:12

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with essential, specialist knowledge of the health and social care sectors, whilst also developing transferable skills which will contribute to their personal development and encourage them to be caring of the people and world around us.

Students will develop a holistic understanding of health and social care, encompassing physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing. Our curriculum explores these in detail and encourages recognition of complex factors which can influence an individual’s health and quality of life.

Students will deepen their knowledge of the Care Values, attitudes and key skills within health and social care, making use of case studies to practice applying them. We encourage students to explore ethical dilemmas, cultural considerations and the

importance of maintaining confidentiality, dignity and respect in their interactions with others.

Subject Content

Key Stage Four

At St John Bosco Arts College, we currently study the Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award at KS4. More information on this course can be found by following this link.

As a BTEC Tech Award qualification, students will have two methods of assessment; Pearson Set Assignments (PSA) and External Assessments. Students will sit one PSA in each year and the external assessments will take place at the end of Y11 in the summer exam series.

Year 10

Component 1 – Human lifespan development

  • Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it

  • Understand how individuals deal with life events

    This component is assessed by PSA in Year 10.

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values

  • Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them

  • Understand the skills, attributes and values required to give care

    This component is assessed by PSA at the beginning of Year 11.

Year 11

Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing

  • Factors that affect health and wellbeing

  • Interpreting health indicators

  • Person-centred approach to improving health and wellbeing

    This component is assessed by external assessment in the Summer series of Year 11.

Key Stage Five

We follow the Pearson specification for BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates in Health and Social Care. The course is assessed in two ways, by external assessment and internal assessment (coursework), with two units in each year contributing to the overall grade in Year 13.

Year 12

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development

  • Human growth and development through the life stages

  • Factors affecting human growth and development

  • Effects of ageing

    This unit is externally assessed in the January series of Year 12.

Unit 5 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

  • Examine principles, values and skills which underpin meeting the care and support needs of individuals

  • Examine the ethical issues involved when providing care and support to meet individual needs

  • Investigate the principles behind enabling individuals with care and support needs to overcome challenges

  • Investigate the roles of professionals and how they work together to provide the care and support necessary to meet individual needs

    This unit is internally assessed in Year 12.

Year 13

Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care

  • The roles and responsibilities of people who work in the health and social care sector

  • The roles of organisations in the health and social care sector

  • Working with people with specific needs in the health and social care sector

    This unit is externally assessed in the January series of Year 13.

Unit 14 – Physiological disorders and their care

  • Investigate the causes and effects of physiological disorders

  • Examine the investigation and diagnosis of physiological disorders

  • Examine the treatment and support for service users with physiological disorders

  • Develop a treatment plan for service users with physiological disorders to meet their needs

    This unit is internally assessed in Year 13.

Revision SupportPublished resources

  • School intervention sessions

  • ‘Super Saturday’ intervention sessions

Extra-Curricular Enrichment and Visits

There are a number of visits and opportunities students can access throughout their time at St John Bosco Arts College. This includes visits to universities and health care settings, to help to show students opportunities available to them.

We work closely with the work experience and careers teams to provide students with a multitude of experiences and opportunities which enable them to see what working in Health and Social Care is like, whilst also showing our students the variety of opportunities and career pathways available.

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