The GCSE specification in health and social care enable learners to:
This is an ideal qualification for those candidates who want a broad background in health and social care. It provides a suitable basis for further study in this subject or for related courses, which could include GCEs, NVQs or Modern Apprenticeships. Examples of appropriate employment progression include: Nursery Nurse, Care Assistant, Childminder, Pre-school/Nursery School Assistant. The GCSE could contribute towards the entry requirements for training for nursing and professions such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and pharmacy, for example. It could also contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for teaching and working with people with disabilities. The philosophy of the GCSE Health & Social Care is that, in order to understand the nature of health and social care, candidates must actively experience the health, social care and early year’s occupations. This can be achieved through a variety of approaches including links with local health, social care and early year’s employers, inviting occupational specialists into the school, case studies and research.
The GCSE is made up two mandatory units, one of which is externally assessed and one that is internally assessed and externally moderated.
|Unit A911: Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision|
Up to 18 hours’ research and up to 26 hours’ writing up
|Unit A912: Understanding Personal Development and Relationships|