Health & Social

Curriculum Intent

The Health and Social Care curriculum at Sherburn High School aims to ensure that students have a breadth of study at Level 2 which will allow them to access and progress to Level 3 and beyond. We aim to allow students to fulfil their potential and focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education, whilst recognising the wide range of opportunities in this field.

The health and social care sectors are one of the main employers in the UK, considering that one in every 10 people work in Health and Social Care and that this is likely to increase due to an ageing population, it is a key area of study. The course provides students with a modular approach to allow exposure to many different aspects of Health and Social Care and also varied methods of assessment. Health and Social Care equips our students to discover the impact of positive and negative human development and to critically analyse how these factors affect our daily lives.

Health and Social Care enables students to explore areas that influence how we develop throughout life’s stages and in turn raise expectations of how we can live successful and healthy lives now and in the future. The subject promotes opportunities for students to draw from case studies and opportunities to undertake research to complement learning and create skills that will be used throughout their lives. These skills encourage students to think outside typical teenage ego-centrism and begin to challenge the way they perceive the world we live in.

We nurture and encourage our students through the course and empower them through providing choice in some of the coursework-based assignments. Our curriculum ensures that all of our students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop key skills that prove their aptitude in health and social care, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health

  • Undertake processes which underpin effective ways of working in health and social care, such as designing a plan to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing

  • Develop attitudes that are considered most important in health and social care, including the care values that are vitally important in the sector, and the opportunity to practise applying them

  • Develop knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as human growth and development, health and social care services, and factors affecting people’s health and wellbeing

  • Develop core knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, how people deal with major life events, health and social care services

  • Develop and apply skills such as: practical demonstration of care values, together with the ability to reflect on their own performance

  • Engage in reflective practice through the development of skills and techniques that allow learners to respond to feedback and identify areas for improvement using relevant presentation techniques.

Subject Curriculum Outline

Health & Social Care Year 9 - 13