Berwick Academy

Health and Social Care


Health and Social Care provides the building blocks required to allow students to understand and learn about the importance of holistic care and development for individuals across the life stages, the roles of the various organisations which are there to meet these care needs, and the care principles that underpin care across health, social care, and educational sectors.  Particularly suited to those that wish to enter the caring professions, Health and Social Care also enables students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for many modern-day workplaces.

Our department strives to impact positively on the experience of student learning so that they develop into strong independent learners at a level which enables them to achieve and exceed their expectations. The vocational nature of our learning aims to support students to become confident learners who will question the uncertainties in topics that they are unfamiliar with in order to develop their own opinions.

Our goal is to equip our students with the powerful knowledge, cultural capital, extended vocabulary and strong literacy skills through read, think, write strategies, that will be transformational for them in further education or employment and enable them to participate successfully in society in the future.

The curriculum is delivered through vocational based scenarios and case studies which provide students with the appropriate context to understand situations that they have yet to experience for themselves. A wide variety of teaching strategies are used in Health and Social Care to make the lessons ambitious, fun, challenging and informative. Individual theory, group work, role-playing and practical sessions, using ICT, research and application to real-life case studies all help to bring the subject to life for our students. Current health and social care issues in the news are discussed and debated in class to encourage sharing of opinions and provide background knowledge for course work; friendship, learning and respect are encouraged during group work.

Students are assessed at regular intervals throughout the year and given both verbal and written feedback according to the task. Pupils are encouraged to self-assess and peer mark work where appropriate, setting individual targets with chances are given for reflection and improvements to be made to work.

Our department offers the following qualifications in health and social care:

Key Stage 4: NCFE CACHE level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care

Key Stage 5: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care.

For more detailed information about Health and Social Care please make reference to the following curriculum plan(s).  Please not curriculum plans are developed on an ongoing basis; the Level 3 Triple Award in Health and Social Care has recently been introduced and plans are being updated to reflect the additional units taught.   

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