Year 11 Health and Social Care Bridging Work
“I chose Health and Social Care because it has applications in childcare settings and my ambition is to become a Primary School Teacher. I liked the idea of half of the course being coursework and the other half exams. I’m pleased I chose this subject because it has been very enjoyable and less stressful than my other A Levels because the exams are spread out – I have already sat the first exam and been graded for it. I have made some lovely friends in my group which has made class discussions fun. My favourite part of the subject in Year 12 was visiting a primary school as part of my coursework on building positive relationships. If I had the chance I would have revised earlier for my exam. I would try to revisit the exam units more often while we are studying them to make subsequent revision easier.” (Courtney)
“I chose Health and Social Care because I want to work in the healthcare sector. I also like the way the course is set out whereby one half is coursework and the other half is exam-based. I have found this has suited me reall well. Throughout my time in Year 12 I have enjoyed many things about this subject – the discussions in class are very engaging and activity work and assignments can be completed in a real-life setting. I completed the assignment on Building Positive Relationships at a local primary school. The assignment was about how I can effectively communicate in a one-to-one and group scenario. I found being able to do it in a real-life setting made it much more natural and realistic. If I had the chance, I would have started revising the topics and making revision material earlier. This would have been more beneficial at the time of my exams – and less stressful!” (Lucy)
“Health and Social Care has been a great subject to study. I chose to study the full Diploma. The majority of the work is coursework which is quite simple and if you struggle the teachers are a great help. The exam side is similar to any other subject – you’ll have to retain information and produce it in your exams. Health and Social Care will provide you with knowledge and skills on how to effectively interact with individuals in health and social care environments. This is a considerable advantage if you plan on following a career which requires lots of interaction. So far I’ve enjoyed my first year and am looking forward to my second year!” (Jess)
Extended Certificate and Diploma
Much of our course centres around respecting and caring for the individual, whether that be because of legislative requirements or because it is simply the right thing to do. Many of our students go on to use the skills they have learned about in the HSC course in the degrees, apprentices or jobs they go on to post-18.
One skill you will learn about is Communication. It is absolutely key in building and maintaining positive human relationships in all walks of life. With that in mind, when (if) you watch drama programmes such as Holby City or Call the Midwife, or documentaries, such as 24 Hours in A & E, be aware of how actors or practitioners are speaking to each other. What’s their body language like? What language do they use? Do you think the person receiving the care feels comfortable? Can you identify when communication skills are good or bad?
1. If you want to, watch the video below. Think about the skills on show. Whose fault is it that there’s a misunderstanding?