Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane
Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Area Leader: Miss M Taylor

Spiritual Development Spiritual education in Health and Social Care allows students the opportunity to consider and discuss questions relating to the meaning of life, the nature of humanity and the recognition of individual worth.  The concepts permeate the study of life from birth to death.

Moral Development Health and Social Care involves students recognising and understanding that values, beliefs in what is right or wrong, bad or good, will differ in both individuals and communities.  These issues will impact directly on the day to day decisions that have to be made by individuals at all ages.

Social Development Social education in Health and Social Care involves students learning to understand and respect different approaches to the decision making processes and how this can be influenced by the society in which they are living in.  Opportunities exist to consider questions of group identity, belonging and behaviour which directly influence individuals at different life stages Cultural Development Health and Social Care involves students considering the values, attitudes and roles of people that prevail in societies and communities.  They will learn and respect different approaches to the different life stages, and how these are influenced by the community in which they were born in to and live.

Examples of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education in Health and Social Care include:

  • Students have the opportunity to study religious and cultural factors that affect development
  • Students have the opportunity to study what is meant by a diverse culture, and the meeting of needs of different religions and cultures
  • Students have the opportunity to study how different factors of life experiences affect development
  • Students have the opportunity to study how different social and emotional factors affect development in the different life stages
  • Students have the opportunity to study a variety of legislation that is the basis of ‘care values’- Human Rights, Children’s act, Mental Health act, Disability and Discrimination act
  • BHA Skills and Attributes

More able students Talented Health and Social Care students will be encouraged to attend appropriate out of hours learning programmes that are provided by members of the Health and Social care department. Competitive arenas will be provided where talented students can compete against other talented


Key Stage 4



CONTENT OF COURSE: This is a modular course, consisting of four units and is de- signed to give a broad introduction to health, social care and early years care practice and provision. It is a valuable introduction to a wide range of careers and further study. Assessment is 25% examination and 75% controlled assessment.

Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – How do people grow and develop throughout their lives? How can factors such as lifestyle choices, relationships and life events affect your growth and development?

Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values – What is good practice in health and social care? What ensures that good practice is applied to support individuals who use health and social care services?

Unit 4: Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing – How do people develop their views about the difference between right and wrong? Why do people hold the beliefs and attitudes they do? How can an individual’s relationships, income or education affect their health and wellbeing?

Unit 5: Promoting Health & Wellbeing- Being healthy can mean different things to different people. Many injuries and diseases can be prevented if people make healthy lifestyle choices and know how to reduce risks to their health. Health promotion is the area of health that raises awareness of these issues, and educates people on how to be healthy.


HOMEWORK: Homework may take the form of theoretical work or research in preparation for assessment and students will be required to complete.

ADDITIONAL READING: British Medical Association’s A-Z family encyclopaedia . Complete A-Z Health and Social Care Handbook by Judy Richards pub: Holder and Stoughton. GCSE Heath and Social Care by Angela Fisher et al pub: Folens. GCSE Heath and Social Careby Elizabeth Haworth and Andy Ashton pub: Pearson



Unit 1 –This examination will be taken at the end of Year 11 and accounts for 25% of the overall grade.

Unit 2, 4 & 5 – Controlled assessment units, each worth 25% of the overall grade.


EXPECTATIONS: Students are required to work independently, in pairs, in groups and as part of a team. Students must be able to meet deadlines and full attendance is very important.


EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Provided by the Academy – Exercise books and A4 folder

It will be useful to have a computer and Internet access at home for completion of homework and class work.

How parents can support: Encourage your child to watch TV documentaries based on the setting eg children’s development, mental health issues, care for older people.

Encourage them to read the relevant texts.

Support them in revision for tests and exams.

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