Health & Social Care
Health and Social Care Curriculum Intent:
About three million people in the UK work in health and social care – equivalent to 1 in every 10 people. Demand for both health and social care is likely to continue to rise due to the ageing population, so it will continue to play a key role in UK society. The demand for people to fill these vital jobs will continue to increase. The intention of BTEC Health and Social Care at Copley Academy is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to understand the wide range of vocational opportunities and entry routes in health and social care, and to challenge stereotypes such as entry routes and gender roles.
Through studying BTEC Health and Social Care, students will gain knowledge and understanding of:
1. How people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect development, such as diet, relationships, poverty or wealth.
2. The impact of major life events like marriage or parenthood. Learners will analyse these impacts from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy. Learners will understand how people adapt to these changes and the support that is available to them.
3. The range of local health and social care services, and how they may meet individual needs, as well as barriers that may make it harder to use these services.
Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values, such as dignity and respect for others, to real life scenarios. Students will understand how to analyse and interpret lifestyle and physiological data, and be able to design appropriate health and well-being improvement plans. Students will also develop skills that are essential for careers in both health and social care and the wider employment market generally. These include verbal and written communication, team working, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, as well as accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.
The impact of the BTEC Health and Social Care curriculum is for Students to develop as well-rounded learners. Students will have a thorough understanding of what it is to work within the health and social sector. Skills such as confidence, communication, empathy and debating and this will prepare Students for life post-16.