Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 & 11: Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development (Internal Assessment; Coursework Based)

In this component, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to adulthood, this includes Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Social development and the different factors that may affect this. An individual’s development can be affected by major life events, such as marriage, parenthood or moving to a new house and you will learn about how people adapt to these changes, as well as the types and sources of support that can help them.

Component 2 – Health and Social Care Services and Values (Internal Assessment Coursework Based)

Providing good health and social care services is important and service providers need to have the appropriate skills, attributes and values to meet the needs of service users. These skills, attributes and values are important because they enable people who use health and social care services to get the care they need and to be protected from different sorts of harm. This component will give students an understanding of health and social care services and will help you to understand the skills, attributes and values that are common across the sector (some of which are transferable to other sectors that involve interactions with clients or customers).

Component 3 – Health and Wellbeing – (External Assessment Exam Based)

In this component, students will explore the factors that can have a positive or negative influence on a person’s health and wellbeing. Students will learn to interpret physiological and lifestyle indicators and what they mean for a person’s state of health. Students will learn how this information is used to recommend appropriate actions for improving a person’s health and wellbeing. Additionally, they will explore the difficulties an individual may face when trying to make these changes.


Additional GCSE Option for Year 11: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (CPLD)

Unit 1 – Patterns of Child development (External Assessment Exam Based)

This unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of child development. They will learn about five different areas of development – physical, cognitive, communication and language, emotional and social – and how these areas are linked. In each of these five areas there are expected patterns of development based on the norms for different ages. These developmental norms are sometimes referred to as milestones. They are useful for several reasons. Early years professionals and health professionals monitor children’s progress in achieving these milestones. While it is usual for children to have different rates of progress, it is important for professionals to know when children are showing unusual progress or patterns in their development. This sometimes means that a child needs additional support.

Knowing the expected patterns of development and associated milestones for each area of development also helps adults to anticipate the next stage of a child’s development in each area. Students will investigate how adults in early years settings can support children’s development.

Unit 2 – Promoting Children’s development through play (Internally Assessed Coursework Based)

In this unit students will look at how early years settings use play to promote children’s learning and development at different ages and stages, including babies, and the types of play opportunities that early years settings usually provide. You will find that play can be structured in broadly three ways: adult-led, adult-initiated and child-initiated play. Each way has its benefits, but also potential disadvantages, and early years settings use a combination of these structures to support children’s play.

Unit 3 – The Principles of Early Years Practice (Internally Assessed Coursework Based)

In this unit students will look at some of the key principles that are reflected in best practice in early years. You will learn about inclusive practice as a way of valuing children and ensuring that they can benefit from the opportunities within the setting. You will also explore how children are empowered to ensure that children learn to become independent and develop a strong self-image, as well as ways in which this is put into practice. A further principle of working with children is the key person approach, which early years settings use to meet children’s emotional and care needs. In this unit, you will learn why the key person approach is important to children’s learning and development. If you wish to work in early years, it is important that you have a good understanding of the principles as you will need to incorporate them into your practice.

Homework Policy:

Students are expected to carry out a number of research and assignment-based activities throughout the year. In addition, they will regularly complete exam-based revision and preparation when externally assessed units are being studied. This homework will be more regular with tasks being set twice per fortnight.

Setting Rationale and Structure

All teaching groups at Key stage 5 are of mixed ability and there are no sets for this subject.