Health & Social Care

Blue Coat School > Health & Social Care

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: