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Health and Social Level 3 at Kingsmead School

Course description

Health and Social Care is increasingly popular at Key Stage 5 Levels 2 and 3, and is currently one of the fastest growing service sectors in the local area.

At Key Stage 5 students study the Cambridge Technicals qualification, a 2 year course leading to the equivalence of 1 A-level. This qualification has no exams and is purely assessed through set assignments. There are a wide range of units to choose from specialising in either health, social or early years care. At both levels the course is designed to be as practical as possible in order to fully prepare students who may wish to pursue a career in one of the many caring environments. Past students have progressed onto university courses in teaching, nursing and psychology; others have chosen to study further at college level in early years care and public services.

Course content

1 Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care – this unit aims to introduce learners to the many different forms of communication and consider what can help or hinder effective communication. Students will consider a wide range of communication skills and apply their knowledge to situations that could arise within a health and social care context. They will be able to participate in interactions and gain understanding of the importance of communicating effectively in different situations. 10 2

Equality, Diversity and Right Health and Social Care – effective health and social care practice recognises and adapts to society and the needs of individuals within it. British society is extremely diverse, it is essential that service providers acknowledge this in order to gain an understanding of the implications of diversity in terms of equality and individual rights.

This unit will help students to establish this understanding of focussing on issues of discrimination and discriminatory practice. The effects of discriminatory practice will be explored and the potential impact upon people who use services. Strategies used to promote anti-discriminatory practice will be addressed in terms of the role of legislation, codes of practice and working procedures in providing standards of support and care.

10 4 Development through the Life Stages – this unit will look at the stages that make up the human life span and the factors and events that can influence them. Students will get the opportunity to question the assumptions made about each stage whilst at the same time recognising that there is a progression of development that is biologically directed. Students will learn that for some individuals development is either delayed or arrested. Students will be able to explore the contribution made to our development, both physically and behaviourally, by our genes and how they may influence events far in the future. 10 6 Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care – Sociology is a social science and is the study of human society and this unit is designed to allow students to gain an understanding of some of the more common perspectives sociologists have applied to health and social care. There are various perceptions of health and illness and sociologist provide us with the tools by which to examine these ideas. 5


Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care – psychology is the study of human mind and behaviour. This unit aims to explain the reasons people do the things they do when it comes to health and wellbeing. The mind and the body are interlinked. Psychologist have given us many ways to explain human behaviour and this unit is designed to enable students to apply what they have learnt to their own practice; from helping people overcome emotional problems to dealing with challenging behaviours. The knowledge and understanding gained throughout this unit will benefit all those who work with others, be it people who use services, their friends and family, and other professionals.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsmead School directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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