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Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Departmental Staff

Mrs S Simms
Mrs J Kittler
Mrs E Herbert
Miss M Kenny

Key Stage 4

BTEC First Award in Health & Social Care Level 1 and 2
Couse Duration A two Year Course (Years 10 and 11)
Course Details Pearson BTEC
Cambridge National Award in Health and Social Care Level 1 and 2
Couse Duration A two year course (Years 10 and 11)
Course Details OCR Cambridge nationals


Both the BTEC Award and the Cambridge National Award have been designed to form a qualification which provides technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the subject so as to equip students with some of the skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training. It allows students to experience vocationally related learning so as to enable them to decide if it is suitable for them. The students are graded as Level 1 or Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* according the the points gained in each unit.

BTEC First Award in Health & Social Care Level 1 and 2

In the BTEC Health & Social Care course, students study 4 units over 2 years (Final teaching for this is 2017-18).

  • Unit 1Human Lifespan Development: This is an examination worth 25% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2 Health & Social Care Values: This is a coursework unit worth 25% of the final grade.
  • Unit 3 Effective communication in Health & Social Care: This is a coursework based module worth 25% of the final grade.
  • Unit 6 The impact of Nutrition on Health & Well-being: This is a coursework Unit worth 25% of the final grade.

Cambridge National Award in Health and Social Care Level 1 and 2

In the Cambridge National Award in Health and Social Care, students study 4 Units over 2 years.

  • R021: Essential Values of Care for use with individuals in care settings: This is a written exam paper worth 25% of the final grade.
  • R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings: This is a coursework unit worth 25% of the final grade.
  • R023: Understanding body systems and disorders: This is a coursework unit worth 25% of the final grade.
  • R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health: This is a coursework unit worth 25% of the final grade.

These courses are ideal for pupils considering a career in a health or social care related profession as it leads nicely onto further training/qualifications in health and social care.

To find out more go to:

www.ocr.org.uk/cambridgenationals

Or email:

cambridgenationals@ocr.org.uk

Key Stage 5

A Level Health and Social Care (Single Award) – 2 Year Course (Years 12 and 13)
Final Teaching Final teaching for this course is 2017-18
Subject Title OCR ADVANCED GCE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (Applied)
Units

This two year course consists of six units

Year 12
– Unit 1 – Promoting Quality Care (Examination)
– Unit 2 – Communication in Care Settings
– Unit 3 – Promoting Good Health

Year 13
– Unit 10 – Care practice and provision
– Unit 12 – Anatomy and physiology (Examination)
– Unit 13 – Child Development


In the Advanced GCE  four units will be assessed internally, through a teacher-assessed portfolio and at least two units will be assessed externally with the examination set and marked by OCR. These six units will be equally sized and equally weighted.

Learners get an A Level grade from A to E upon completion of the course.

Pupils choosing this subject have to do work experience within a health, social care or early years setting as part of the course.

After completion of this course pupils could study this subject at a higher level, alternatively they could do further training e.g. nursing, therapy work, teaching etc.

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Health & Social Care (05831)
First Teaching First teaching from September 2017
Subject Title OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
Units

Students study 6 Units over two years:

Unit 1: Building positive relationships in health and social care: This is a mandatory unit assessed via a coursework task. 
Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights in health & social care. This is a mandatory Unit assessed via written examination.
Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care. This is a mandatory unit assessed via written examination.
Unit 4: Anatomy & Physiology for health and social care: this is a mandatory unit assessed via written examination.
Unit 10: Nutrition for health: This is a coursework unit.
Unit 15: Promoting health & well-being. This is a coursework unit.


This qualification is for learners aged 16 and over who want to study health science, social care or childcare. It will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education on a health and social care-related programs such as Health & Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies.

Learners don’t have to achieve the units in any particular order but the content in Units 1,2 and 3 underpins the learning in other units.

Achievement at unit level is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction based on reaching the required grade boundary marks for each unit. 

There are two exam sessions, in January and in June. Learners can re-sit an examined unit once before they complete the qualification.

To find out more got to:

www.ocr.org.uk/healthandsocialcare

Or email:

vocational.qualifications@ocr.org.uk