Unit SA1: Working in Health and Social Care is assessed through controlled assessment. Students must complete three controlled tasks. These are worth 60 percent of the final award and are available in summer only.
We set the controlled assessment tasks. The class teacher marks them and we moderate them. The assessments take place in summer, at a date and time suited to individual centres.
Please note that we review and amend the tasks every two years.
Students must plan and carry out investigations and tasks in which they:
- analyse issues and problems;
- identify, gather and record relevant information and evidence;
- analyse and evaluate evidence; and
- make reasoned justifications and present conclusions.
We expect students to complete their research-based assignments under conditions that combine both classroom and independent study activities.
The work of individual students may be informed by working with others, but all students must provide an individual response.
Teachers should guide and supervise students to:
- outline questions/tasks;
- monitor progress;
- prevent plagiarism and repetition;
- ensure that the contributions of individual students are recorded accurately; and
- advise on methods of presentation.
Teachers must not correct students’ work in detail and then allow them to write up a fair copy. Once a student has submitted the assignment and it has been awarded a mark, that mark is final. The student may not carry out further work.
Teachers must ensure that their students complete all parts of the tasks.
For more information, see the specification.
Ofqual announced on 14 May 2015 that GCSE Health and Social Care cannot be redeveloped under government changes to GCSEs.
The last exams for students taking this qualification will be in the June 2018 series, and there will be no further re-sit opportunity.
We offer a new Level 1/2 Award in Health and Social Care, which is equivalent to a single GCSE qualification.
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The GCSE Health and Social Care:
- actively engages students in the processes of Health and Social Care to help them develop as effective and independent learners
- encourages students to understand aspects of personal development and the health, social care and early-years sectors through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations
- develops a critical and analytical approach to problem-solving within the health, social-care and early-years sectors
- examines issues which affect the nature and quality of human life including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues
- develops Double Award students' awareness of the influences on an individual's health and well-being, and an understanding of the importance of motivation and support when improving health.
Amended due to Changes to GCSEs.