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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Health & Social Care

This is a highly motivated, well-resourced and successful department. The department offers the BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care at Key Stage 4 and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma at KS5.

We cater effectively for pupils of all abilities and offer a range of teaching and learning experiences. The department prides itself on going the extra mile for all pupils to ensure they reach their potential in the subject.

Through a dedicated, passionate team of staff the department aims to provide students with a range of opportunities to help prepare them for further study and the world of work.

  • Miss A Cashen
Key Stage 4

At Key Stage Four, pupils follow the BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care .This specification involves students completing three units of coursework and a one hour external examination .The results of these four units are combined to calculate the overall grade for the course.

Throughout the two year course pupils are given the opportunity to study a wide range of Health and Social Care concepts. Through their coursework students will explore the topics of Care Values and Empowering clients in a health and social care setting, Nutrition and Health Promotion. Students will have the opportunity to research a range of organisations, visiting speakers and attending events. The exam unit focuses on development through the life stages.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage Five, pupils have the option to either study the BTEC Diploma as a main pathway or Subsidiary Diploma as a supporting subject to another pathway. It is not necessary to have taken Health and Social Care at Key Stage 4 in order to choose the subject at Key Stage 5.

The BTEC course is equivalent to two A-Levels and is graded on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis. Students will study thirteen units over two years and the whole course is assessed via coursework. There is also a mandatory 100 hours of work experience required. This programme of study provides students with a sound grounding in a wide range of health and social Care concepts and builds on those covered at Key Stage 4.