What is it?
Health and social care is a platform to enter nursing and allied health professions, education and social work. The course involves a range of topics, work related projects and placements, which will prepare you for your future career.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
We offer two pathways in health and social care: nursing cadetship (you must study the triple course for this) or general health and social care studies. There is a large variety of work placement opportunities and we also offer additional programmes such as first aid training and clinical skills workshops with our very own qualified nurse. We achieve excellent high grades and 100% pass rate. We also invite in a large variety of guest speakers, including: Highfurlong School, Starbuddies (breastfeeding awareness), nurses from Blackpool Victoria Hospital (how to get into nursing), Wyre and Fylde Children’s Centres, health promotion and sexual/domestic violence training, how to get into teaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming.
What skills will I develop?
You will be able to develop and build skills in:
First Aid qualification
Caring for a variety of service users
Assessment and evaluation skills
Communication and interpersonal skills
How will I be taught?
You will learn using a variety of excellent teaching and learning methods. Teachers will use real life examples to bring learning to life, your lessons will be engaging and will involve technology, videos, interactive and collaborative learning techniques. Since this subject is part of the technology for learning scheme we will use such devices in lessons in multiple ways; such as quizzes, interactive presentations, team activities and challenges. We aim to continuously enhance your learning through academic trips, guest speakers and investigations into contemporary issues in the news relating to current Health and Social Care practice.
- 3 units are externally assessed (a combination of exams and controlled assessment)
- 5 units are internally assessed through coursework
Teachers have a range of specialisms within Health and Social Care including; dementia care, nursing, caring for those with developmental disorders, clinical practice/skills, first aid and have taught a range of qualifications including health, psychology and sport.
Within the team, tutors maintain excellent community links with employers to offer a wide variety of work placement opportunities, they also examine for multiple qualifications, including Psychology and Level 2 and 3 BTEC Health & Social Care exams.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
Trips that have been run previously are:
Kidz Up North
Edge Hill University
Police Riot Training
All students will be required to undertake 30 hours work placement in one setting in preparation for their exam ‘working in health and social care’
Where does it lead?
Our students typically go on to University and gain careers in:
Youth Support Work
We are on the Technology for Learning scheme, so you will need to have access to a device to enable you to work collaboratively in class and access a range of digital resources.
Pearson – Edexcel
- A grade 4 in GCSE Science. Some nursing/midwifery courses at university may require grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths, English Language and/or Science. Completion of DBS check.
What will you study?
- You will learn the core elements of health and social care including:
- Human Lifespan Development
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
- Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
- Promoting Public Health
- Supporting indivdiuals with additional needed
- Physiological disorders and their care.