Health and Social Care
The Social Sciences curriculum for Sixth Form students at Wymondham High Academy Trust provides a choice of six subjects which challenge, inspire and motivate. Each subject offers students a unique perspective on the world around us and provides students with the skills to apply theories and concepts to the real world. As subjects with external examinations and assessments the precise subject content is governed by the relevant exam board content. However, teachers ensure that this is the basis for the curriculum and does not limit it. The precise exam board chosen is influenced by the specification content, the nature of the assessment and how the specification complements and builds on the knowledge and skills of our Sixth Form students. Our approach is to explain the world around us and therefore enrich student lives. This means that current events, trends and examples are used to underpin the syllabus taught. Importantly none of the subjects require prior knowledge and teachers ensure that first lessons cater for the needs of those with some knowledge at GCSE and those who have started the subjects in Year 12. In addition, A Level teachers take care to ensure there is a strong foundation of knowledge from year one which is developed with the more challenging year two content.
Health and Social complements the five A Level subjects outlined above. Students complete the OCR Technical Diploma which is equivalent to two A Levels. This means that students can study for this vocational qualification in addition to one A Level. Psychology, Sociology or Biology are popular third subjects for students who complete this “double A Level”. Where possible the units taught are chosen so that students typically complete one exam unit and one coursework assignment per term. Students therefore balance their workload and deadlines throughout the course. The course content is diverse and equips students for a variety of related careers or university. For example, the Public Health unit requires students to research and evaluate the success of vaccination programmes, government health campaigns and community support programmes, and the Infection Control unit teaches students not only theory but the practical application of PPE. Other units focus on a variety of topics such as early years, safeguarding issues, nutrition, and age-related illnesses. The course is structured so that one biological unit is completed each year. As a result, students experience both the scientific and the more practical aspects of the course simultaneously.