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Health & Social Care Double Award at Wrenn Academy

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A GCSE Double Award is a nationally recognised qualification. It is broad based and focuses on a specific area. Wrenn is offering GCSE Double Awards in Business, Leisure & Tourism, Health & Social Care and Engineering. Candidates study three units which provide a broad introduction to a wide range of vocational issues. This qualification is equivalent to 2 GCSEs grades A*A* to GG.  WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW OR BE ABLE TO DO BEFORE TAKING A GCSE DOUBLE AWARD? It is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the subject taken, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. WHAT WILL I LEARN? You will: - gain an understanding of health and social care, leisure and tourism, Business or Engineering  -  develop skills and knowledge in one of these areas  -  have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way  -  follow a programme of study that enables progression to both further education and employment  -  develop Key Skills that are highly valued by employers and further education  -  gain confidence by developing independent learning skills WHO IS THE GCSE DOUBLE AWARD SUITABLE FOR? These courses will appeal to students who:  -  enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences  -  want the opportunity to carry out practical work  -  enjoy finding out their own answers – not just being taught  -  want to keep their options open, the course does not force you to make an early choice  -  wish to build up a qualification by studying separate units  -  want to study a course that is active and enjoyable  -  want to move on to a related career or further training  -  anyone who enjoys coursework HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (Double Award) Unit 1 – Health, social care and early years provision You will learn about: · the range of care needs of major client groups; · the types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are organised; · the ways people can obtain care services and the barriers that can prevent people from gaining access to services; · the main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years services; · the values that underpin all care work with clients. You will understand more about the work of health, social care and early years providers by: · understanding how the services are developed in response to social policy goals and to meet the needs of individuals; · knowing about the different services and job roles. This unit is assessed through portfolio assessment ie coursework. The grade on that assessment will be the grade for the unit. Unit 2 – Promoting Health and Well-being You will learn about: · definitions of health and well being; · common factors affecting health and well being and the different effects they can have on individuals and groups across the lifespan; · methods used to measure an individual`s physical health; · ways of promoting and supporting health improvement for an individual or small group. The knowledge that you gain from this unit will help you to look after your own health and well-being and understand ways of promoting health and well being for others. This unit is assessed through portfolio assessment ie coursework The grade on that assessment will be the grade for the unit. Unit 3 – Understanding Personal Development and Relationships You will learn about: · the stages and patterns of human growth & development; · the different factors that can affect human growth & development; · the development of self-concept and personal relationships; · major life changes and how people deal with them; · the role of relationships in personal development. This unit will help you to find out about how individuals grow and develop, and the different factors that can affect an individual`s experience throughout their life. This unit is assessed through an externally set test. The grade on this test will be the grade for the unit.


Whichever area you choose will complete three units of work. Two of the units are internally assessed through the production of a portfolio of evidence containing different assignments. The third unit is externally assessed through an externally set exam paper. The exam paper comprises structured questions and is one and a half hours long.

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If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wrenn Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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