Our students find the Health and Childcare curriculum particularly relevant as they appreciate that their vocational learning is the gateway to their next step towards the world of work, whether that be working towards a professional degree after Sixth Form or taking up an apprenticeship with a local organisation.
We deliver curriculum content for Health & Social and Childcare at KS4. The department has been delivering the new specification courses since September 2016 and is lead by Angela Flannery.
All Health and Childcare lessons are delivered from our ICT suite classrooms, where students will use Microsoft Office software to create written coursework. To help develop effective research skills and investigative techniques, students are given full access to the internet to maximise their potential within the subject area. In order to develop understanding and learning in a vocational context, we use a variety of media clips created by the BBC or sourced from You Tube. This facilitates students being able to see how their learning can be applied to a work related scenario. Delivery and assessment of both Health and Childcare is now well established and we have a wide range of resources to support students of all abilities.
Students will opt for Health and Social or Childcare towards the end of Year 9 and will begin their Cambridge National course in September of Year 10. The Cambridge National course is accessible for all abilities as students can achieve a qualification at either Level 1 or Level 2 (GCSE Standard) stage.
At KS5 we offer Cambridge Technical Level 3 Health and Social and have been delivering this new course since September 2017. We currently offer Cambridge Technical as a single option (equivalent to 1 A level) or double option (equivalent to 2 A levels). The Cambridge Technical course is well respected by Universities as they recognise the balance between academic study and vocational learning. Students can move into a variety of degree professions having successfully completed the course.
To support student’s achievement the department runs a number of lunch time and evening support sessions after school for all students, plus additional sessions during the holidays to support our Year 11 students in achieving their full potential.