Health & Social Care

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Curriculum Intent

The intent of our BCS Health and Social Care curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with specific Health and Social Care knowledge and skills. This will be via a broad and ambitious set of learning opportunities linked to the whole school CHRIST values, this will allow us to develop well rounded learners who go on to have a positive impact on the wider world through their Health and Social Care learning. It will also offer students the opportunity to develop competence and confidence in Health and Social Care knowledge and understanding (the cognitive domain) with practical and technical skills (the psychomotor domain). This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours (the affective domain) and transferable skills.

We aim that our subject will allow us to develop our students’ knowledge and understanding of Health and Social Care areas such as the human life-span and its development, health and well-being and the services offered within the umbrella of health and social care. In addition to this wide-ranging subject knowledge, they will develop problem-solving skills through the use of critical thinking by approaching and applying solutions to non-routine problems; intrapersonal skills by communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing and finally they will develop interpersonal skills through their self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. Excellence within Health and Social Care would mean each pupil within the subject leaving Blue Coat with significant levels of care, compassion and skills in communication and collaboration. Our subject allows all students to develop socially through collaborative tasks, yet also develop the confidence to work individually and solve problems.

Our intention is that all learners, whatever their prior attainment will experience a challenging curriculum, that builds them in scaffolded stages towards becoming confident and caring individuals. Health and Social Care is an area which is attractive to students themselves, as well as future academic institutions and employers, because it develops a range of valuable skills, including communication, research and analysis. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace. Students will be enabled to use this classroom learning beyond school and apply them to a range of problems in the real world, especially when taking their first steps towards a new career. This subject offers the right blend of technical and academic skills for students to become the highly skilled, work-ready individuals’ employers and universities look for.

Teaching and Learning

In Health & Social Care we believe in delivering an ambitious yet highly inclusive curriculum to all. Our vision for Teaching & Learning is to ensure all students access the “full” curriculum and learn the breadth of content. 

Our staff have high expectations of all pupils and focus on embedding our 3Rs:  

  • Ready
  • Respectful
  • Responsible

All lessons focus on embedding the whole school Blue Coat approach:

  • Explaining and Modelling
  • Do & Practice
  • 4forAll Toolkit leading to inclusive practice:
    • Key words/Reading
    • Use of time
    • Chunk and check
    • Questioning
  • Appropriate verbal, written and visual feedback

Reading is an essential strategy within lessons. You will see staff applying the three reading strategies of:

Experiences and Enrichment

  • 2021/22 Health Careers Taster Day – Coventry Uni on 15th June 2022 This trip for Year 12 students included a tour of the facilities at Coventry University. They visited the hospital ward, birthing suite, ambulance, theatre room and adapting living facilities.
  • 2022/23 Nursing Associate Taster Day – 25 Year 12 students attended Coventry Uni on Friday 10th March 2023 to learn about their Nursing Associate course. They took part in a lecture on the Cardio Vascular System, learnt about CPR from Paramedic students and “met” Mr Sims! Health and Social Care students will now be able to apply their new learning on Nursing roles to their course.
  • Enrichment 2021/22 – World of Nursing – Year 12 Health and Social Care students were offered the chance to take part in an Enrichment Program offered by Coventry University on the World of Nursing. This program gave them an opportunity to learn about the world of nursing and where a Nursing degree can take you.  
  • Students were given an activity book to explore the various environments where nurses work, familiarise themselves with today’s nursing equipment, hear from Coventry University current student nurses and discover the numerous different pathways into nursing! 
  • In addition, they could take a virtual tour of Coventry University nursing facilities using the QR code provided within the program materials and research the number of nursing courses on offer and the entry requirements needed for each course. As part of this course, students were able to enter an essay writing competition and I am proud to announce that Ikram Mussa Farah was selected as one of the winners of that competition. Her essay was highly praised by Coventry University and she was given a number of prizes, including £20 in Amazon gift vouchers!
  • Enrichment – Running again in 2022 – 23. World of Nursing project in conjunction with Coventry University. Could any aspect of the National Careers Week PP be used in this section.
  • Enrichment – Back again in July 2023! 2021-22 BCU live lecture on Allied Health professionals.


UCAS Provider Name
London South Bank University
Cardiff University
Coventry University
University of Northampton
University of Northampton
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University
De Montfort University
University of Northampton
UCAS Course placed
Mental Health Nursing (Extended Degree)
Religion and Theology
Childhood, Youth and Education Studies
Biomedical Science
Social Care and Community Practice
Primary Education with QTS
Social Care and Community Practice


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