What will we learn in Health and Social Care at WGSA?  

We are thrilled to be running the BTEC TECH Health and Social Care here at the West Grantham Academy. It is a new course to the school and we’re already witnessing the engagement and enjoyment of the students who have taken it.

Our intention is to ensure that each student undertaking this course has access to a wide range of opportunities within the field, as well as preparing students for future employment. The Health and Social Care course is a vocational qualification which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The course equips students with a sound, specialist and realistic understanding of how to meet the needs of individuals using services and specialist equipment, whilst challenging stereotypes and discrimination. It includes many of the skills that are used by health care professionals on a day-to-day basis, such as assessing people’s health and wellbeing and designing individualised health care plans.

How do we encourage students to succeed in Health and Social Care at WGSA?

It is most suitable for students as a foundation for further study, providing students with a core depth of knowledge and a range of general and specialist knowledge and understanding that will support progression to further learning and future employment.

This course will appeal to students with an interest in health and social care and an ability to be willing to help others. The BTEC Tech Health and Social Care curriculum has a positive impact on the outcomes of every student. It raises awareness of different needs and the range of services available. It promotes good health which will provide life-long benefits on themselves and their families.

To be successful, students will be assessed in two different ways.  Components 1 & 2 are internal assessments which are delivered and marked by your teacher.  Component 3 is an external assessment which is a task set and marked by the exam board, Pearson.  All components are completed in a set time.

How does Health and Social Care at WGSA help students to prepare for the world of work?

By studying Health and Social Care, learners will be able to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of health and social care, and childcare contexts. They are actively engaged in the study of health, social care and childcare to develop their skills as effective and independent learners. Students act as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds and appreciate a range of perspectives on the impacts of health and social care.

How we promote WGSA’s vision and values in our Health and Social Care lessons.

The study of care values is at the heart of Health and Social Care which develops skills such as empathy, Love, compassion, commitment, tolerance and empowerment. This enables our students to become Ambitious and educated citizens and contributes to society in a positive way.

The course is designed so that the units build upon each other as the students grow in confidence and self-Belief. This allows the students to develop their knowledge, which they can then apply to real- life scenarios through case studies and local community contexts. These scenarios also allow students to understand the Integrity and Courage needed when making difficult decisions, but in a caring and safe environment.