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Health and Social Care

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Airedale Academy’s Health and Social Care

Curriculum Intent Statement

As a member of Northern Ambition Academies Trust, we ensure that our curriculum is ambitious, enriched, broad and engaging and that it incorporates the Trust’s values of Ambition, Bravery and Respect.

The aim of the PE, Health and Wellbeing department is to ensure students leave Airedale Academy with the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding of the importance of leading a healthy active lifestyle for not only themselves, but that of others. The department will offer a wide range of activities to develop their skills and improve or maintain their physical, emotional and social health.

Airedale Academy’s Health and Social Care curriculum intent:

●       Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS4 option curriculum, which gives learners, access and progress to KS5 and beyond

●       This course will help learners to develop key transferable skills and knowledge such as self-evaluation and research skills.

●       Throughout the course, students are introduced to the specialist knowledge and skills needed to work in various health and social care settings. Underpinning all elements of learning is a focus on core values and communication with individuals, so as to maintain their dignity and sense of being valued to ensure the best care possible.

●       They will use cross-curricular literacy skills to access text and develop a good understanding of written English within Health and Social Care. The faculty uses strategies to ensure that learning is embedded through retrieval activities such as Do It Now tasks, frequent links to prior learning and application of subject knowledge which builds in layers showing their progress.

●       Is sequenced so that lessons build upon their knowledge and core skills over time

●       Uses a range of assessment opportunities to check understanding and that skills are embedded and mastered including DIRT opportunities to address individual and whole-class misconceptions

●       Exposes students to an enriched Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary and provides opportunities to embed and apply new vocabulary through the Vocabulary Vault in a sequence of lessons. Encourages the use of Health and Social Care vocabulary in every lesson.


Learners will study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life events like marriage or parenthood.  Learners will analyse this impact from a positive and negative viewpoint, demonstrating empathy.  They may apply this to a person of their choice.  Learners will understand how people adapt to these changes and the local and national health and social care support that is available to them.  Learners will also research health and social care services in their local community.  They will look at how people access the local health and social care services provided and the support that is given in the local community.  Learners will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the key care values to scenarios.  Learners will develop skills in measuring and interpreting data about someone’s physiological health to design a care plan that will allow them to analyse and improve their health and wellbeing.  Overall, learners should be given the opportunity to self-reflect about choices they make and how they affect others.


Learners will also benefit from guest speakers from their local community and beyond.  Learners may be given the opportunity to visit and take part in work experience in a variety of setting such as pre-schools, primary schools and nursing homes.  It will also be an intention to raise student aspirations by developing key links with universities for all students.   Learners will also be able to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from other GCSE subjects where relevant. Learners can use the knowledge and skills from GCSEs generally, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts. It does not limit progression options because the skills acquired are applicable to a range of future pathways. Students leave the course equipped with the correct knowledge and skills to be able to enhance their employability opportunities when leaving school, as well as providing them with transferrable skills that they can use to flourish within the sector, as well as other career choices.