Subject: Level 3 in Health & Social Care
Subject Leader: Mrs Green, Head of Subject
Staff and Responsibility: Miss Bray & Miss Hopkins
Exam Board: OCR Cambridge Technical
Four units require students to produce portfolios, while the other two are tested through an external examination. The external examination questions are short answers, stepped, structured or open responses. The course provides an opportunity to focus on a range of client groups including Early Years Education. Each unit completed generates a score. These scores are then aggregated to determine the final grade for the course.
- Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships – Portfolio
- Unit 2 – Equality & Diversity – Examination
- Unit 3 – Health, Safety & Security – Examination
- Unit 4 – Anatomy & Physiology – Examination
- Unit 10 – Nutrition for Health – Portfolio
- Unit 13 – Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development stages – Portfolio
As part of the course you will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people, who either work in the sector or require care or support. This will allow you to develop a person-centred approach to care and support and build positive relationships with the people you are working with. You will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of an illnesses. In addition you will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that you can ensure the people you are working with are not only able to access all the care and support they are entitled to, but are also able to protect themselves from any harm or abuse whilst at work.
Potential Career Options
The course covers a range of client groups including children, the elderly and vulnerable groups. Career opportunities include working with any of these client groups in health and social care settings or pursing higher education courses, in a related field. This could be at HND or Degree level or as an Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care.
Higher Education routes including courses in teaching, midwifery, nursing, social work, health promotion, social policy, societal health, childhood studies, early years, working with children & families, community health and food, nutrition & health, forensic psychology and counselling degrees.
The subject will require students to visit work placements as an integral part of the course. These are organised by the school, such as a nursery placement or Terry Springs Court. The course is supported by visiting outside speakers.