GCSE Health and Social Care

KS4 overview.

Health and Social care is made up of two units that focus on health, social and Early Years provision, and understanding personal development and relationships. The course is completed across two years in KS4 and one unit is assessed through Controlled Assessment. In Year 11 unit 2 is an externally-marked exam. The Controlled Assessment task for this course makes up 60% of the final grade with 40% of the total GCSE marks gained through the written exam paper at the end of Year 11.

There are opportunities to complete work experience through this course and observe professionals in a range of care provisions at work.

Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

OCR Health and Social care text book – these are available in school for every pupil studying the course to use. A variety of websites through search engines will be used when completing various tasks throughout the course – NHS Direct & Gov.co.uk websites.

OCR website – Health and Social care resources.

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

Pupils will experience first-hand through observations and work experience placements, the type of work completed through health, social and early years provisions at a variety of different institutions. This will give pupils an insight to the global workforce in the care sector.

Pupils will learn about different barriers that can impact on people within society accesses a range of vital services and how we can help them overcome this.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Pupils must complete controlled assessment though all lessons with a member of staff present. Additional hours required will be provided and supervised after school with the staff. There are opportunities to complete some work experience throughout this course.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

Pupils can study this subject at A-level and BTEC National level at College or in a Sixth Form.   Job opportunities within the Health, social and care sectors – social workers, nursing, midwife, care worker.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

Pupils will need access to the internet to complete work and homework outside of school.

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