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Health & Social Care

GCSE Health and Social Care


The Edexcel GCSE in Health and Social Care gives students opportunities to actively engage in the processes of health and social care in order to develop as effective and independent students To understand aspects of personal development,and the health, social care and early years sectors, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations. To develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within the health, social care and early years sectors.To examine issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues. This course is a useful introduction into the world of social care and could lead to careers in social work or in the area of early years provision or care of the elderly.

The Edexcel GCSE in Health and Social Care consists of two units — Units 1 and 2.

Unit 1 Understanding Personal Development and Relationships
 Unit code 5HS01
 • Externally assessed 40% of final grade

 This unit contains the following four topics:
 • Human growth and development
 • Factors affecting human growth and development
 • Effects of relationships on personal growth and development
 • The effect of life events on personal development.

Overview of assessment
  This unit is assessed through a 1-hour and 15-minute written examination paper which has a total of 70 marks. The paper consists of 15 multiple-choice questions and a series of questions based on case studies and short scenarios.

 Unit 2 Exploring Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision
 Unit code 5HS02
• Internally assessed

This unit contains the following five topics:
 • The range of care needs of major client groups
 • How health care, social care and early years services are accessed and the barriers to access
• How health, social care and early years services are provided
 • Workers in health, social care and early years
 • Care values which underpin service provider interaction.

Overview of assessment
This unit is internally assessed through an Edexcel-set task to be completed under controlled conditions. It will be internally assessed and externally moderated and is marked out of 50.


Course Plan

2016-17 Course Plans PARENTS HSC year 10 (pdf)

2016-17 Course Plans PARENTS HSC year 11 (pdf)

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