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Health & Social Care



The intent of the Health & Social Care Curriculum

This vocational course offers students the opportunity to study work relating to health, social and early years’ sectors.  It may be of particular interest to students considering a future career in any of these areas.

How is the Health & Social Care Curriculum implemented?

Students will complete a range of assignments based on different aspects of work in health and social care environments.  A portfolio of evidence of skills and knowledge is produced which is externally assessed.

Curriculum Road Map - Health & Social Care

Curriculum Sequencing Plan - Health & Social Care

The impact of the Health & Social Care Curriculum at the end of Key Stage 4

How is it examined?

The Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) is an essential component of this qualification covering a range of topics such as health promotion in health, social and early years’ settings and development within life stages. 60%.

The exam is at the end of year 11: This covers how communication supports relationships in a range of services and how legislation and the values of care are applied. 40%.

How important is the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)?

Essential: it is a significant part of the final assessment.  Students must be able to work methodically and keep up to date with their NEA.  Consequently, excellent attendance and study skills are needed.

What qualifications will I get? What could it lead to?

  • OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care

  • The course will initially aim to meet the requirements of the National Certificate Level 2 at pass, merit or distinction level and is an excellent foundation for those wanting to pursue a career in child/health or social care.

Career Directions could include nurse, midwife, carer, nursery worker, health care assistant, personal assistant, social worker, community support and outreach worker, teaching, health promotion specialist, etc.


Health & Social Care – Level 3 Cambridge Technical- Extended Certificate

Examining Body:


Entry Criteria:

Ideally Grade 4 in a GCSE Science Subject

Course Leader:

Miss H Smith

Why? :

This course is equivalent to one A Level and is suitable for students interested in a career within the health, social care or early years‘ sectors. It is essential that students are prepared to embrace a variety of learning styles and fully participate in all aspects of the course. A mature approach to independent study is required and students are encouraged to develop their attitudes and values whilst respecting the views of others. Students use a wide variety of resources including current practitioners in all sectors of the subject as well as the internet and a range of course textbooks to support their studies and help them gain a valuable insight into professions within the context of the subject, along with work experience when necessary to support their vocational studies

Course Structure:

Unit 1 (portfolio) - Positive relationships in health and social care

Unit 2 (examination) - Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

Unit 3 (examination) - Health, safety and security within health and social care services

Unit 4 (examination) - Anatomy and physiology Two additional optional portfolio units will also be required.

These will be chosen to align with career pathways of the cohort.

The current list of units available can be viewed at: http://www. ocr.org.uk/qualifications/ vocational-education-and-skills/ cambridge-technicals-health-andsocial-care-level-3-certificateextended-certificate-foundationdiploma-diploma-05830-05833- 2016-suite/

Extended Learning:

Regular tasks will be set for students to complete outside of lesson time; it is essential that students are pro-active and organised with their time ensuring portfolio units are of good quality and deadlines are met.  

Curriculum Road Map - Health & Social Care

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