Sixth Form Applications
Applications to Heart of England Sixth Form are welcome.
Sixth Form: Health and Social Care
An advanced level Health and Social Care qualification is of the same standard as a traditional A level but with a different focus. Studying for a vocational award is different in several ways from most GCSE work and from studying for traditional A levels.
Your investigations may involve:
Overall, you will be actively investigating the vocational area of health and social care and presenting your findings in various ways, including giving talks and presentations. Studying Health and Social Care to AS and/or A level will help you to:
You will study six units over the 2 years as follows:
Each unit is given equal weighting (33% each). The PROMOTING QUALITY CARE and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOUR modules are exam assessed; the others are assessed through coursework.
What is this course about?
This course aims to develop your understanding of health, social care and early years working environments and to give you the opportunity to apply that learning in a practical and realistic way.
The AS courses focus on the needs of people requiring care and/or support from health, social care or early year’s services. Aspects covered in the AS units include:
Promoting Quality Care (F910)
Communication in Care Settings (F911)
Promoting Good Health (F912)
The A2 courses focus on the organisations and professionals that provide health, social care and early year’s services. Aspects covered in the A2 units include:
Care, Practice and Provision (F919)
Understanding Human Behaviour (F920)
Mental Health Issues (F923)
Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities
Health and Social Care links very well with Sociology and Psychology.
What do people do with a Health and Social Care qualification?
When you have gained a qualification in Health and Social Care you will have access to a range of further education and vocational career opportunities. The GCE in Health and Social Care is a recognised academic qualification and is an excellent preparation for higher education courses such as diploma and degree courses in: health studies; nursing; social work; teaching; child development; youth and community work; counselling; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; dietetics; midwifery; health visitor; geriatric or child care - in fact any work that involves interacting with, and caring for people.
How will my work be assessed?
Two thirds of the course (4 units) is internally assessed through portfolio assignments (coursework) that are set by the exam board and marked by me. The assignments are written around the assessment evidence criteria included in each unit specification. Each assignment will have a deadline to meet. There are clear guidelines as to what must be produced and you will be given guidance and help whenever necessary. The work that you produce is assessed against these criteria so you should get to know them well and understand what is required of you before you begin any assessment work. This work will be externally moderated in either January or June, depending when the assignment is completed. Each assignment is separately graded (A - E) and relates to a point system, which relates to your final grade at the end of the course. There is an opportunity to re-submit coursework to enhance your final grade.
Only one third of the course (2 units) is assessed through externally set and marked exams. The externally set tests are 90 minutes long in which you have to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the unit contents being tested. The tests can be taken in January and June each year. The grade received for the exams are included in your final grade. There is an opportunity to re-sit examinations to enhance your final grade.
The overall assessment is modular, allowing you to learn in bite-sized chunks to suit individual learning styles.
You will need to produce a portfolio for each coursework module (one for COMMUNICATION; one for HEALTH PROMOTION). Each portfolio is broken down into four sections, or AOs as follows:
Each unit requires you to work towards the following assessment objectives in order for you to be successful:
What are the lessons like?
A range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course: teacher presentation with discussion, pair work, group work, student presentation, role play, individual research, external speakers, e-learning, videos and practical work. In addition you will have the opportunity to do work placements during the two years of this course.
For further information contact Mrs G Loran