Health and Social Care

Overview/Aims of the Learning Area

Health and Social Care is a stimulating, relevant and interesting subject. The health, social care and early years sectors are major employers in Northern Ireland.

  • By choosing this subject you will be given the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including communication, health promotion, family issues and quality care.
  • This subject develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to degrees in nursing, allied health professions, social sciences, social work and early years.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills such as research, analysis, communication, working with others, independent learning, creative thinking and problem solving.

Staffing:
Mrs A McCrea (Subject Leader)
Mrs J Beggs
Miss S Clarke
Mrs A Cunningham
Mrs R Duncan
Mrs C Edwards
Miss Magee
Mrs K Pedlow

Facilities:

  • The subject of Health and Social and Social Care is delivered within the Home Economics Department of the school.
  • It has access to 3 multi-purpose classrooms with 20 computers and a printer in each room.
  • Each room has a promethean board with a computer link to the C2K network and Apple TV.
  • The subject is also delivered within a large attractive classroom which has access to 20 laptops.

Health and Social Care
AS and A2
(Single/Double Award)

Specification / Exam board:  CCEA

Overview

This broad based qualification gives students the opportunity to study an eclectic range of subjects relevant to the health, social care and early years sectors. The qualification will appeal to students with an interest in health and well-being and the care of others. Students will acquire skills that are valued in further and higher education, as well as in the workplace. These include research, investigation, analysis, communication, problem solving and working with others.
The GCE (Single Award) Health and Social Care specification consists of 3 AS and 3 A2 units.
The GCE (Double Award) consists of 6 AS units and 6 A2 units.
A work placement will also form part of the course and it is expected that the placement will be in an area of health, social care and early years relevant to the area being studied in order to gather research information to aid report writing.
Assessment Format
Internal assessment involves the completion of a written report which is restricted to a word count limit. External assessment involves the completion of a two hour exam paper which contains 3 questions.

Criteria for Entry

  • Entry requirements for GCE AS Health & Social Care (Single Award / Double Award):
    GCSE Grade C* or above in one/two of the following subjects. (This may be enhanced to a B grade if the course is oversubscribed):
    Business and Communication, Business Studies, Child Development, English, English Literature, Geography, History, Food and Nutrition, ICT, PE, Single Award Science, Double Award Science, Biology, Leisure, Travel and Tourism.

Assessment Format

Internal assessment involves the completion of a written report which is restricted to a word count limit. External assessment involves the completion of a two hour exam paper which contains 3 questions.

Summary of the structures of AS and A2—Single and Double Award

Career Opportunities

This course aims to prepare individuals for careers in the Health Sector including: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Clinical Science, Health Education and Promotion, Counselling, Social Work, Early Years, Child Care or Teaching.

Useful web links
Department of Education Northern Ireland
Early Years organisation for young children
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Department of Health
Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
NI Direct
Health and Social Care Online
Public Health Agency
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Careers
Health Careers
Skills for Care
World Health Organization

Industry
Care Home information
Health and Care Professions Council
Northern Ireland Social Care Council
Nursing and Midwifery Council