Applied Health & Social Care
Units delivered at AS level:
Unit 1: Promoting Positive Care
Unit 2: Communication in Care Settings
Unit 3: Health and Well-being
Units delivered at A2 level:
Unit 8: Monitoring Body Systems
Unit 9: Providing Services
Unit 10: Health Promotion
Unit 1 placement: Six visits to a care home
Unit 2 placement: Three day placement in a primary school
Unit 1 placement:
Year 13 students complete a placement in a care home, they attend the care home once a week for up to an hour and a half six times over a six week period. The students have a work placement booklet to complete, each week they focus on a different aspect related to their coursework, but as the coursework is on the topic of ‘promoting positive care’, each area is relevant to a career in a care setting.
The four areas are:
The Care Value Base
Legislation relevant to the care setting: Human Rights Act, Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults, and the Disability Discrimination Act
Health & Safety legislation
Through the completion of this work book, as well as getting the opportunity to shadow members of staff, the students are provided wide a wide range of opportunities to develop their employability skills
Unit 2 placement:
Year 13 students complete a three day placement in a primary school. The students have a work placement booklet to complete which focuses on communication in a care setting. Over the three day placement they will focus on different areas related to communication in a care setting. Each area is relevant to a career in a care setting. During this placement the students have to complete two interactions, a group one, with a group of children, and a one to one, with a member of staff. Through the completion of this work book, the interactions, as well as getting the opportunity to work closely with teachers, classroom assistants and other members of staff, the students are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop their employability skills, especially their communication skills.
Links with businesses:
AS placements in primary schools and care homes
Year 13 students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a volunteering scheme through the Southern Trust, working with families of children with disabilities. During the summer of 2016, 12 students took part in this. This opportunity enables learners to develop their employability skills, especially those relevant to a career in the health, social care or early year’s sectors.
Each year in preparation for the Unit 9 exam on ‘Providing Services’, the Year 14 students attend a talk from a guest speaker from a relevant sector relating to the client group to be focused on in the exam, this changes each year, as it is a pre-release material. In preparation for the January 2017 exam, which had a focus on clients with learning disabilities, a guest speaker, Ms Anne McGinley, a nurse who specialises in learning disabilities, came in to the school to speak to our students. The Health & Social care class also visited Sperrinview Special School and interviewed Miss Paula Jordan, the principal. Both speakers addressed the questions to be included in the exam from the pre-release, but also gave a valuable and realistic insight into their field of work.