Health & Social Care

Subject Intent: Why Health & Social Care?

Health and Social Care gives students the chance to look at sociological and psychological underpinnings of health whilst also examining and evaluating human development and key aspects of the working world such as health and safety. It enables students to develop transferable skills and encourages them to self-reflect and regulate to inform their practice. Communication and teamwork skills are integral whilst on work placement and are regarded as the most widespread and ‘baseline’ skills required for employment. Embedding work placements into the curriculum gives students a broader and rich experience and provides them with knowledge needed to progress into occupations such as nursing, midwifery, youth work or the care sector.

What will I study?

Topics to be studied across the suite of courses may include: 
  • Human lifespan and development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into current research in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Promoting public health
  • Physiological disorders
The topics are delivered in a variety of ways including group discussions and presentations, course work and assessed elements.

Health & Social Care

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What are lessons like in this subject?

Lessons in Health and Social Care are engaging, interactive and relevant. You will look at a breadth of units that cover different societal issues and current health affairs. You could have the opportunity to engage in activities such as an Emergency First Aid courses and to be able to attend various trips.  Your lessons will have many links to real life case studies and will help to provide you with context for challenging and abstract criteria. In Health and Social Care, we like to provide students with the chance to hold debates and have full class discussions, to deliver presentations and to be able to work as a team. Your teachers will help you to develop lifelong skills that are required for your future careers and will ensure that you feel supported throughout your time at New College. 

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Health and Social Care is a very informative subject and can be applied to day to day life. It helped develop on many of my skills helping me prepare for university and life after New College. The staff are very supportive and will push you to perform to the best of your ability.

Alisha Akhtar, Laisterdyke Leadership Academy

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