Health & Social Care

Faculty: Science
Subject: OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health & Social Care
Subject Leader: Miss E Hopkins, Course Leader
Staff and Responsibility: Mrs A Cadman, Mrs L Chinn, Mrs L Green

Subject Overview

Provides a more vocational perspective and offers students the chance to obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests.  It prepares them for higher education or the world of work; opening up career opportunities in areas such as childcare, nursing, mental health and counselling.

Health & Social Care involves working with a whole range of people in a variety of different situations, such as working with children or people with special needs, caring for the elderly or looking after patients in hospital. In order to understand the nature of Health & Social Care, learning is applied to a range of work-related contexts. This is achieved through a variety of practical approaches such as case study analysis and research. A number of guest speakers are invited into the faculty to enrich study and introduce real life scenarios. Work experience visits are an integral aspect of the learning experience.

Course Content

This course has both practical and theoretical elements to it.  Students will learn the critical skills of communication, critical analysis, evaluation, decision making and problem solving.  They will participate in practical and theory elements which will teach them to become independent learners and encourage self-confidence.   The course covers a range of client groups including children, adults and elderly.  As part of the course students will learn and develop communication skills allowing them to effectively interact with clients both in formal and informal situations.

Coursework (75%)
Unit R022 – Communication – Students develop knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities are needed to support a client’s well-being. Students have to demonstrate effective communication with a number of different client groups.
Unit RO23 – Body Systems – Students develop knowledge and understanding of three body systems, disorders that can affect them and how different ways we measure the systems functions. Students are then assessed on both their written and practical skills.
Unit RO31 –First Aid – Students study the fundamentals of first aid then participate in a range of practical first aid scenarios. Students are then assessed on both their written and practical skills.  If they pass the practical assessment, they receive a certificate of competence.
Examination (25%)
Unit RO21 – Essential Values of Care – This is a one-hour exam focussing on the rights of individuals and the values of care needed by those who work in health & social care settings. Students review current legislation and current good practice. They evaluate how values of care can be applied to ensure clients feel valued & respected.

Materials Needed

You will be expected to participate in practical work including presentations and work experience visits.

Extended Learning

Extended learning regularly is set. It will test and extend class work activities.  It will include a range of different tasks including, research, revision, survey’s and completion of written work.

Potential Career Options

Health & Social Care can be studied at A Level or Degree level or an apprenticeship route followed.

Potential careers include: Teaching, Nursing, Social Worker, Health Promotion Specialist, Social Policy Maker, Early Years Worker, Nursery Nurse, Care Assistant, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, and Psychologist.


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