Finding online or paper revision materials to help with GCSE Health and Social Care paper can be difficult, but there are some useful study websites that you can use to explore the unit or topics you have covered in class as a teacher or student or to find out more in general about health and social care and the science behind them.
Take the ten resources we present in this article as just a sampling of such.
All easily accessible so long as you have access to the Internet. As a teacher, even if you do not want to incorporate these into your day to day teaching scheme, you may find some resources varying in level that would be great homework activities for your classroom pupils, or for any students requiring some extra help and wanting to advance their knowledge further about the school subject at home.
Below are just a selection of GCSE resources in English for those students enrolled on a Health and Social Care GCSE English GCSE course and taking an exam in the june. We have tried to include a variety of online resources, from organisational websites to personal blogs to government information pages covering the requested subject.
1. Exam Board Websites
It may seem so simple but visiting the exam board website for the course - BTEC, GCSE, A Level - your school is signed up to is one of the best ways to get started with preparing for summer assessments.
On these sites, you can find a range of core curriculum-specific resources for teachers and pupils alike, as well as details about the entire award and relevant policy.
Downloadable training courses in simple language, podcasts, news statements and more can be found along with key contact details for those working on the course specification and documents like past papers, which are vital to understanding how to get the best results in an exam. This is useful for teachers and parents alike.
It is best to use past papers along with the notes from the exam marker so that you can better prepare students for answering questions and hitting that top mark in their written report.
2. The Education Forum
Education Forum is another good resource for Health and Social Care GCSE or BTEC revision.
There are sections for many of the topics that you will cover in your course. You can search their vast activities for study materials you can use at home to practice for the exam and to check how much you're learned and, more importantly, remembered. The site also has a selection of useful tips on how to revise and cope with exams, which can help you to make the most of what you have learned.
Not only are there quizzes, diagrams and lists of keywords but there's also an option to ask a teacher any question about the topic. This a fantastic resource for those studying in the school holidays with no access to their usual Health and Social Care tutor or who simply cannot find the answers to a topic-related query and want another teacher's opinion.
3. Vivienne Clark Blog
You can also find some useful blogs and other materials uploaded by helpful teachers and students for the Health and Social Sciences course. The Vivienne Clark blog has some good posts that can help you with your studies, but you can also try Helen Hudspith’s website, which has a selection of resources from different contributors. You may also find other similar resources online.
The author of the Vivienne Clark doesn't promise to be your teacher however she donates information freely that you can use to supplement your coursework and learning journal, suggesting that you go through answers with your teacher to ensure that you are on the right track.
Remember, if you don't get the one to one time in class to get feedback from your class teacher then you also have the option to hire a tutor. With a Superprof tutor, you can get help, lessons and feedback either face to face or online.
4. Helen Hudspith Site
Helen Hudspith is another author of a free, online resource whereby learning materials are shared to support those studying a range of subjects, including Health and Social Care at GCSE.
There is a whole heap of material to be downloaded, and those teachers using them are also encouraged to submit their own resources too to keep a variety of materials available.
You can find the blog at www .HelenHudspith.com.
The websites for the Department of Health and Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety can both be useful resources, particularly if you want to learn more about the health system works.
Although not necessarily directly linked to the national curriculum, these important official websites do refer to how the sector works in general and thus you and your pupils can't go wrong by keeping informed of any latest developments in the Health and Social Care sector.
Resources such as the Department of Health’s guide to the health and care system can be useful revision tools, and you can also find news or life stories here relating to physical health issues and policy changes which could be great case studies to use in class or even for students to refer to in exam papers, showing their expert knowledge of the field and matters addressing those working within it.
6. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is useful if you want to find out more about the different medications and treatments that are used in healthcare.
You can read guidelines for treating different kinds of conditions, and find out about the scientific evidence behind their use. This kind of website is a good place for you to learn the language and science behind health and social care too.
Once again, all of the information may not be helpful to passing an exam, but having this knowledge can make pupils stand out in their assessments and also place them in good stead for the next chapter of their education and professional career. Why stop at learning what's limited to the curriculum? It's great to broaden horizons and understand the bigger picture if it's a sector they are passionate about.
7. The NHS
The UK National Health Service or NHS has several free useful resources for people interested in Health and Social Care.
The NHS choices website is a good source of information for those wanting to find out about particular conditions or treatments ahead of the summer exam. Learners can also find health news and core advice on healthy living on this website, as well as a key guide to social care. Not to mention the general help pages which report symptoms and possible causes for these.
The NHS Careers website is also very useful if you or your pupils want to learn more about the different roles and opportunities that are available in health and social care.
8. Public Health Agencies
The Public Health England, Public Health Wales, Scottish Public Health Network and the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency can also be useful if you are studying public health measures or looking for examples of efforts to improve public health.
The Public Health pages are continuously updated with all of the latest information on Health and Social Care matters around the world, and as such, you can be sure that you are always the most up to date source of information about illnesses, viruses, vaccines, medicines and more.
9. The World Health Organisation, WHO
The World Health Organization has some excellent resources on public health and healthcare around the world.
It will be particularly useful if you want to find data and statistics on health issues or if you are interested in learning about health and social care in other countries, or if you are considering pursuing a career in travel health or development work.
You can also find resources dealing with important health issues and guidelines for how particular conditions should be treated. which are questions that could easily come up in your GCSE award.
10. Registered Charities & Medical Research Websites
You can also find a wide range of websites dedicated to different medical conditions or care issues, often run by charitable organisations, which may be helpful when you are revising particular topics in your Health and Social Care GCSE.
Among those that might be of use are the British Heart Foundation, Asthma UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC and Refuge.
If you are interested in learning more about a specific condition, looking for case studies about people who have experienced it, or searching for information about treatment options, these types of charity sites can be a very good starting point.
We hope that you, as a teacher, student or parents, found the above resources useful in preparing your lessons, revision packs or simply adding to your learning materials for tutoring.
It's important in a fast-moving sector like Health and Social Care for learners to keep abreast of global changes and scientific developments so it's not always best to rely on published books which might become outdated.
Using online resources that are updated frequently is a good way of ensuring your students have the most recent information to work with and to apply to their learning of the subject.