Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Health & Social Care Department

Health & Social Care has been taught at Coloma for over 12 years. The department has significant experience in delivering a range of courses, ensuring an up to date offering in line with developments in national vocational initiatives.

Our teaching staff have highly relevant professional qualifications and experience in addition to teaching. Mrs Dixie is a qualified social worker.

We currently offer the GCSE in Health & Social Care in Years 10 and 11. In Year 12, Sixth Form students can take the GCE Applied AS in Health & Social Care and generally progress to the A2 Level in Year 13. These qualifications are awarded by OCR.

All of our courses are specifically designed to provide our pupils and students with the knowledge and skills to equip them to work in health, social care, early years’ sectors, as well as providing a suitable platform for those wishing to undertake higher education or training in this field.

During the academic year, health, social care and early years’ workers come into some lessons to share their knowledge and expertise and opportunities are also provided for students to visit various Health & Social Care settings. These help to bring learning alive in the classroom and enable students to make strong links between theory and practice.

As a department, we also provide pupils and students with the opportunity to attend our Health & Social Care Clinic. This runs at lunchtime and after school every Thursday during term time, and affords learners the opportunity to discuss their work with departmental staff on a more informal basis. They are able to seek additional guidance and feedback, and progress their work further.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS & A2 Health and Social Care - OCR Codes: H103 & H503 - Specifications

First A Level examination - Summer 2017

Course Content - What Will I Study

Students study three mandatory Units in Year 12 in order to achieve the AS GCE. These are:

  • Promoting Quality Care.
  • Communication in Care settings.
  • Promoting Good Health.

In Year 13 students study a further three Units from a combination of mandatory and optional Units to obtain the GCE A level. These are taken from:

  • Care Practice and Provision.
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Practice.
  • Child Development.
  • Understanding Human Behaviour.

All six Units are delivered through a variety of methods including traditional class based activities, work experience, infant observations and contact with health and social care professionals. Students are also expected to undertake independent research and project work.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

Each Unit is separately assessed. One Unit per year is assessed via an external test which is taken in June. The remaining Units are assessed via a portfolio or file of work which students complete during the year. This is initially assessed in school and then submitted to the Awarding Body for external moderation.

Progression - How will the study of Health & Social Care benefit students’ future education and career?

  • These courses are a broad introduction to Health & Social Care and as such is part of a general education for life.
  • Both the GCSE and A Level provide an invaluable foundation for any student considering careers in health care (including medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work and teaching.
  • The course content is vocational and is linked directly to the word of work; specialist professionals will visit the classroom and students will visit various Health and Social Care settings.
  • Students who make good progress on the GCSE course may be offered the opportunity to study additional units which would qualify them for a double award.