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Breda Academy, Belfast

Health and Social Care

Subject Ambassador: Aimee Welsh Peer Mentors: Hannah Cockcroft, Jasmine Girvin, Maria Teixeira and Holly Glover
Subject Ambassador: Aimee Welsh Peer Mentors: Hannah Cockcroft, Jasmine Girvin, Maria Teixeira and Holly Glover
 
World Mental Health Day 2020 -   ​ Students marked this event by engaging in several short activities to increase awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health.  Year 11 students discussed ways to maintain positive mental health.
World Mental Health Day 2020 - ​ Students marked this event by engaging in several short activities to increase awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. Year 11 students discussed ways to maintain positive mental health.
 
Marie Curie  - ​  Thank you to our Year 13 and 14 students who raised £68 for Marie Curie by organising a coffee morning.
Marie Curie - ​ Thank you to our Year 13 and 14 students who raised £68 for Marie Curie by organising a coffee morning.
 

Subject Overview:

The Health, Social Care and Early Years sectors are caring professions which require people who are passionate about helping others.  The recent health crisis has highlighted the importance of these sectors and the dedication shown by an army of staff who have been responsible for delivering quality care at a time of national emergency.  Over the next few years, the growth of this sector is set to expand and this subject offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and to prepare them for progression to employment and/or to further education.  

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse    
  • Social Worker               
  • Midwife                              
  • Residential Care      
  • Paramedic                          
  • Family Support worker
  • Teacher                               
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Nursery teacher                 -
  • Physiotherapist        

As a department, we aim to make lessons challenging, engaging, interactive and guest speakers are regularly invited into school to assist students with their work.  We take great pride in helping students to achieve and succeed at both GCSE and GCE level of study.

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

Health and Social Care is a GCSE option offered to students in Year 11.  The subject aims to encourage pupils to develop their interest and increases their knowledge in health, social care and early years.  There are 2 units covered at this level-

Unit 1 –Personal Development - External exam (Year 11) 50%

Aims of unit

- human development

- investigate how factors, such as smoking, pollution, income or chronic illness, affect health and well-being. 

- how relationships and major life changes, such as birth of a sibling, starting college, university or work, affect health and well-being. 

- investigate sources of support available for individuals coping with major life changes. 

Unit 2 –Working in Health and Social Care - Controlled Assessment (Year 12) 50%

Aims of unit 

- understanding of the world of work in the health, social care and early years’ sectors by investigating how the needs of different service user groups are met. 

- Understanding the range of job roles required and discover how practitioners apply the values of care.   

GCSE Student Snapshot -

https://ccea.org.uk/downloads/docs/Support/General/2019/Snapshot_20.pdf 

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study: 

GCE Health and Social Care has for many years proved itself to be a very strong subject with the majority of pupils at Breda Academy achieving A-C.  It is an ideal choice for those who want a broad background, if students wish to pursue a career in the health and social care field and/or progress to third level education including degree courses in health studies, social science, psychology, nursing and social care.   Breda Academy offers students the opportunity to study CCEA Heath & Social Care specification at AS and A2 levels. Students can opt to study this subject as a Single Award (1 GCE grade) or Double Award (2 GCE grades) qualification. There is a good balance of units offered; externally assessed units (exams) or internally assessed unit (portfolios) which enables students to continuously track their progress. 

As part of the AS course, students are required to complete a period of placement in a health, social care or early years’ setting. 

Single Award Snapshot –

https://ccea.org.uk/downloads/docs/Support/General/2019/Health%20and%20Social%20Care%20%28Single%20Award%29%20Specification%20Snapshot.pdf

Double Award Snapshot –

https://ccea.org.uk/downloads/docs/Support/General/2019/Health%20and%20Social%20Care%20%28Double%20Award%29%20Specification%20Snapshot.pdf

Subject Ambassador/Peer Mentors:

Congratulations to Aimie Welsh who has been selected as a ‘Subject Ambassador’ to represent the Health & Social Care department.  Aimie is passionate about Heath & Social Care as a subject and is very enthusiastic to share her knowledge and understanding with others within the school community.  It is hoped Aimie will play a pivotal role in within the department. 

Congratulations to Hannah Cockcroft, Jasmine Girvin, Maria Teixeira and Holly Glover who have been chosen to become peer mentors.  Their role is to support Year 13 Health & Social Care students with their studies.   These girls are experienced students’ who can provide leadership to our year 13 classes.  We hope they can offer support, kindness and serve as role models. 

 
 

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