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Social Science at Stockport Academy

Course Details

Health and Social Care is a vocational subject – that means it is directly linked to the world of work. It is concerned with how human beings develop, by considering physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of our lives. In particular, the jobs which are linked to this subject usually involve working with people when this development goes wrong in some way, or when people need help to keep up their quality of life. Think about what people do whose job is a nurse. Or a physiotherapist. Or a children’s social worker. Or a carer for adults with learning disabilities. Or a teaching assistant in a nursery. Or someone who delivers meals on wheels. The list goes on!

The course involves the study of 4 units studied over 2 years—Human Lifespan Development and Health & Social Care Values + 2 chosen from below.

- Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

- Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

- Healthy Living

- Individual Rights in Health and Social Care

- Social Influences in Health and Social Care

- The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing


How will this qualification be assessed?


Internal assessments (75%)

There are 3 assignments which are completed in class and as homework. There will be a mixture of individual work, pair work and group work. Most of the assessment is of your written work. Some of it will be teachers’ observations of discussions, mini role-plays and simulations.

External assessment (25%)

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development  - EXAM

 This comprises 15 multiple choice questions and then questions which require longer, written answers, worth between 2 and 10 marks.

Teaching Staff

Mrs McCann - Teacher of Health & Social Care (Principal)

Ms Pickard - Teacher of Psyschology

Mr Sheridan - Teacher of Health & Social Care

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