This subject will extend student’s understanding of the key concepts when working in the Health, Social Care and Child Care Sector. It will allow them to apply this knowledge to a range of situations and help them to examine the impact of factors that may affect an individual’s quality of life. The curriculum will influence their own personal development by developing empathy and a broader understanding of the reasons that may explain the behaviour and choices made by individuals. They will enhance their knowledge of a variety of job roles and how these are guided by legislation, care values and policies to help support service users. Students will develop their ability to research, select and reference relevant information. They will explain key concepts and begin to analyse these using evidence to support their key findings. Time management and ICT skills will be developed due to the amount of coursework tasks and the requirement to produce some information fit for purpose or targeted at a particular audience. The overall ambition of the curriculum is to prepare students for entry into care related professions or courses through the acquisition of key knowledge of the sector, such as the care values, but also to help them to adopt the qualities required including empathy and resilience. Key skills such as communication and reflective practice will also be developed through practical tasks to enable students to become more competent and prepared for the challenges of entering into this rewarding and challenging sector.
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