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Welcome to Health & Social Care


Welcome to the Health and Social Care home page at Newark Academy.

Our aim is to inspire, motivate and engage our students to develop a range of skills that will assist them when considering the care of individuals across the lifespan. The course seeks to prepare students for GCSE’s and subsequently, further education, higher education or work within the sector.

Health and Social Care begins in year 9 following option choices in year 8. The teaching at key stage 4 aims to foster an interest in the care of vulnerable groups within society. Through coursework based units, students are introduced to key aspects of human lifespan development, combined with developing skills in effective communication and carrying out a basic first aid qualification. Alongside these important aspects of the course, students are encouraged to develop the skill of reflection. Our aim is for students to leave health and social care as reflective practitioners equipped with the knowledge and skills to work within the sector. The final component of the course embeds knowledge built throughout the course whilst introducing key concepts surrounding individual rights, equality and diversity and the legislation that governs our practice in care settings.

Assessment of the health and social care course is spilt into 4 parts:

R021 Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (exam 25%)

RO22 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and child care settings (coursework 25%)

RO25 Understanding life stages (coursework 25%)

R031 Using basic first aid procedures (coursework 25%)

Alongside a wealth of knowledge and understanding of a variety of aspects linked to the care sector, students will also develop several transferable skills such as effective communication, showing empathy, problem solving and independent research.

Students then have the opportunity to study Health and Social Care in Sixth Form through the popular Cambridge Technicals course. This allows students to demonstrate and develop their current knowledge of the sector, as well as expanding their learning to consider specific health care or social care issues such as safeguarding vulnerable people, physiological disorders, the impact of diet and sexual health.

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