HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

The Health Department at St Alban’s aim is to give pupils an interest and appreciation of Health and Social Care and how it fits into the wider world of today. This is achieved through a range of theory lessons, practical’s and problem solving activities. Learners are encouraged to share and develop their own opinions on a range of different topics.

For Key Stage 4, we currently offer the BTEC First Award Level 1/2 in Health and Social Care. Learners complete 1 external exam and 3 coursework units that contribute to their final level. They are award a Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Merit or Distinction at the end of their 2 years of study.

During their 2 years, learners will cover a range of different topics they cover the Health and Social Care spectrum.

UNIT 1: Human Development and Lifespan

During this interesting unit, learners will work towards an understanding of the different life stages an individual will go through. This understanding is essential for anyone choosing to work within the health and social care section as it will allow you to appreciate the care needs of individuals during the different life stages. Learners will sit an external written exam for this unit at the end of year 10.

 UNIT 2: Health and Social Care Values

This unit will help learners gain an understanding of how care values are used in the health and social care sector. They will develop their skills in applying these care values and also investigate methods used to empower individual users of the health and social care services. Learners will complete task based assignments for this unit, which are marked and externally verified.

UNIT 4: Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing

This unit will allow learners to explore how we learn acceptable behaviours from our parents, carers and the wider community. They will study different types of socialisation that can have an effect on health and wellbeing. Learners will complete task based assignments for this unit, which are marked and externally verified.

 UNIT 6: The impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

Learners will develop their understanding of a balanced diet and its effects on the body. They will have the opportunity to look in more detail at how different individuals have different nutritional needs depending on their health and lifestyle. Learners will complete task based assignments for this unit, which are marked and externally verified.

For KS5, our learners complete a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Meet the Staff

Head of Department: Rebecca Lewis: BSC (Hons) Zoology, PGCE Secondary Science

Teaching Staff

Sarah Davies: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, PGCE Secondary Science

Sheila Spokes:  BA (Hons) Education, PGCE Design Technology, MEP Masters in Educational Practice