Health and Social Care
Mrs Wendy Price-Jones
Some of this content was created before Covid-19 rules were in force.
The vision of this department is to develop mature, health and wellbeing conscious individuals who are prepared to be highly desirable employees, preparing them for their journey ahead in whatever career they choose. “Be the very best you can be”.
The GCSE Health and Social Care and Childcare is a Single Award and is divided into two units.
Unit 1 Human growth, development and well-being
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Unit 2 Promoting and maintaining health and well-being
Non-exam assessment: approximately 25 hours
This non-exam assessment (NEA) is composed of two tasks set by WJEC. Candidates should spend approximately 25 hours in total writing up their NEA reports, completing the work under supervised conditions within the centre.
By studying GCSE Health and Social Care and Childcare learners will…
- develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of health and social care, and childcare contexts.
- actively engage in the study of health and social care, and childcare to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
- appreciate a range of perspectives on the impacts of health and social care, and childcare services on wider society.
- consider how health and social care, and childcare practice should be ethical and support a sustainable health and care system.
- develop and apply skills relevant to health and social care, and childcare including using and interpreting data.
- develop an awareness of career pathways available within the health and social care, and childcare sector.
The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is divided into a total of six units.
Two AS units (1 and 2) and Four A2 Units (3,4,5,6).
Learners study a total of four units, two AS units plus the two A2 units related to their chosen pathway.
The GCE AS and A Level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare is assessed through 50% internal assessment and 50% external assessment.
Candidates must successfully complete externally set, internally marked assignments as well as external examinations.
The qualification provides a suitable foundation for the study of health and social care through a range of higher education courses, or into employment. Learners may also progress to other qualifications within the health and social care and childcare suite.
In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.
Homework tasks are set regularly and involve a variety of tasks. Learners are encouraged to become
independent and enquiring. Reading articles, newspapers and books is vital to learning and producing work of high quality. The use of ICT and Teams plays a major role in learning and is to be encouraged.