Health & Social CareExplore key issues that influence health, social care and wellbeing of individuals and communities in the 21st century
Meet the Health & Social Care team
Meet the tutors who will share their passion for Health & Social Care as you study at Crompton House School.
Dr D. Leggett
Assistant Humanities Curriculum Team Leader, Head of Subject- Social Sciences
BA Hons, Politics and Sociology, University of Sheffield: 1988 | MSc Politics of Rights, Institute of Education, London: 1995
PGCE Social Sciences, Institute of Education, London: 1996 | PhD Youth and Popular Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University: 2007
I am currently heading the Social Sciences department of Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care and Law. My proudest achievement, outside of bringing up my children, is completing my PhD. The study, on Youth and Popular Culture, remains an inspiration. My determination and enjoyment in completing it, informs my teaching approach. I remain committed to fostering a positive atmosphere in the classroom and wider school community.
Mrs L. Lomas
Social Science Teacher
Psychology BSc (Honours) Bangor University, North Wales | PGCE, MMU, Psychology and Mathematics
I have worked at Crompton House since 1998. I love working at Crompton House School because of the lovely students and staff we have here. I was Head of Social Science until I went part-time to have my children. I have also been a Marketing Executive. I love Psychology because I have always been interested in people’s behaviour and how personality shapes behaviour. I had a fantastic A level teacher too! Outside school I enjoy spending time with family, blogging, finance, learning and researching into anything to do with Psychology.
Mrs G. Owen
BSc in Sociology - University of Manchester | PGCE in Social Science - University of Keele | MA in Education Studies
I worked at Bolton Sixth Form College as a Social Science teacher and course leader for Sociology. I have been at CH for 6 years. I started to become intrigued by the study of Society during my time at 6th form studying for my A levels, and have loved studying different subject and academic areas of the Social Science since. In my spare time I enjoy Walking, Running, Travel, Camping with my family, Music/Gigs and Reading.
Mrs F. Shad
Social Science Teacher
BSc Psychology at the University of Manchester | PGCE ICT at Edge Hill University
I enjoy Psychology and am interested in the study of the human brain and associated behaviour. I have taught at Crompton House for a year and have relished the opportunity to teach ICT and Social Sciences. Out of school I like to keep fit by swimming, playing squash and cycling. I have taken part in numerous events including flying the world’s longest zip wire to raise money for various charities; Cancer Research, Penny Appeal. I have travelled extensively and worked abroad teaching.
Mrs L. Howarth
Assistant Head Teacher | Head of Sixth Form
BA (Hons) in Social Science at Lancaster University
I have always been fascinated by people’s behaviour and the way they think about the world. I am particularly interested in social psychology and physiological psychology. Over the years I have spent at Crompton House I have become more active in whole school leadership and am currently responsible for the school Sixth Form. Out of school I particular enjoy hiking, running and going to the gym. I love travelling; I have taught in Romania and enjoyed traveling in Thailand and Europe. The majority of my leisure time is spent being a very proud mother to my daughter.
Mrs S. Ward
Social Science Teacher
BSc Psychology University of Huddersfield
I loved Psychology at university and began working as a family support worker specialising in Huntington’s disease. I have supported patients being treated for mental health issues such as schizophrenia and OCD and patients who were only diagnosed with mental health issues after being arrested. I decided to move into teaching and have been at Crompton House for the last 5 years. I thoroughly enjoy my role and love that my past experience helps me to explain the real world applications of Psychology to students. Outside of school, I enjoy music, reading and spending time with my family.
How are students assessed?
Students are assessed every half-term through a key assessment.
Students will also undertake end of unit tests as a more formative assessment.
External examination is worth 40% of the total GCSE
Portfolio worth 60% of the total GCSE
How are students grouped?
Students are in a mixed ability class. They may move into smaller similar ability working groups in a lesson or groups based on their learning style.
What home learning are we expected to do?
Students are given one piece of homework every week in line with the school homework policy. These homework tasks will complement and extend the work completed in class. The homework will often be working towards sections of the portfolio.
How can parents help?
Assisting pupils with research, ensuring homework is completed and handed in on time. Checking their homework diaries to see which part of the portfolio needs to be completed.
Examination papers and assessments can be found on the VLE and on the AQA website
Students will study for unit 1
Students will learn about personal development and relationships:
- the stages and pattern of human growth and development
- the different factors that can affect human growth and development
- the development of self-concept and personal relationships
- major life changes and how people deal with them
- the role of relationships in personal development.
- Introduction – Key Terms & PIES
- Life stages
- All the factors effecting growth and development including self-concept
- Abuse & neglect
- Support/Barriers to Care
- Scenario and project based work
Students will study – Unit 2
Candidates will learn about:
- the range of care needs of major client groups (Infancy years,Childhood years, Adolescence, years, Adulthood years, Later adulthood,disabled people)
- the types of services that exist to meet client group needs and how they are developed and organised local and national partnership working to ensure the integration of services (health services, social care, early years)
- the ways people can obtain care services and the barriers that can prevent people from gaining access to services
- the main work roles and skills of people who provide health, social care and early years care and education services (GPs, care assistants)
- the principles of care that underpin all care work with clients.
Assignment One: Client needs and local services
Assignment one continued: Partnership of services and referrals
Assignment one continued: Barriers to car and evaluation of services
Students will work on assignment two
This must include the following:
- A description of the roles of three care workers.
- A description of the skills these care workers need (including communication).
For each role, an explanation of how the principles of care underpin their work (linking codes of practice/principles of care) should be given.
Assignment Two: Careworker roles and overview
Assignment 2 Continued:
- Care worker Skills & Communication
- Care worker’s Codes of Practice and Care Value Base
Preparation for the examination
Option choice: GCSE Health & Social Care
- Learning about your own health, are you fit and healthy?
- Finding out more about the social and emotional issues people face in the exam unit, for example, how does a person cope with bereavement or divorce or what are the effects of abuse and neglect on children?
- Researching and exploring all the different health services available to help people.
- Visiting a hospital to see health services in action or listening to talks from healthcare professionals.
Unit 1 Course Highlight
- Growth and development throughout the life-stages
- Factors affecting growth and development such as life events and relationships
- Sources of support for individuals
Unit 2 Coursework Highlights
- Assignment One – An overview of a ‘client’, their needs and a review of the current local provisions to improve their health.
- Assignment Two – A review of the roles and responsibilities of different careworkers in the health and social care profession such as midwives, primary school teachers, physiotherapists, social workers etc..
How you are going to learn on this course:
Application activities looking at case studies, real life examples, or even people you know!
- Portfolio and coursework which involves lots of independent research.
- Active research such as interviewing and monitoring ‘clients’ in portfolio preparation work.
How it is assessed:
- External Examination: Worth 40% of the total GCSE, 1 hour and 15 minutes comprising of shorter and longer questions with application scenarios
- Portfolio: Worth 60% of the total GCSE and completed as coursework in controlled conditions. Students have a set of preparation lessons and drafting time with 20 hours of controlled conditions allocated throughout the year to write up their final drafts. The controlled coursework is split into 2 assignments
Pathways and careers leading from this subject:
Any professions related to the care of people socially, emotionally and physically. For example
- Charity work
- Health Promotion Specialist or a Health Service Manager
- Lifestyle Consultant or Nutritional Therapist
- Local Government or Teaching
- Social Worker
- Health and Social Welfare e.g. social work, counseling.
English is important as Health and Social care involves a large amount of written coursework. Sociology is also complementary in studying relevant issues and modules such as ‘family’.
Websites include: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/soc_sci/new/hsc_overview.php
Textbook: AQA GCSE Health and Social Care: Student’s Book, Richard Smithson
Who to see for more information:
Course teachers: Mrs Owen
You can speak to your Form Tutor, Head of House and Assistant Head of House for more advice