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Health & Social Care

OCR Cambridge Nationals

The Cambridge National in Health and Social Care replaced the GCSE and is a vocational course which prepares learners for a wide variety of careers within the Health and Social Care Industries. It contains 4 components, one exam worth 25% which is sat in year 10, giving the learners an opportunity to resit if needed in year 11, and three coursework units all worth 25% each.

Years 10 & 11


RO21 – Essential Values of Care for use with individuals in care settings.

RO22 – Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.

LO1 Understand how to support individuals to maintain their rights.

LO2 Understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied.

LO3 Understand how legislation impacts on care settings

LO4 Understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals

RO23 – Understanding body systems and disorders

LO1 Understand how to communicate effectively


LO2 Understand the personal qualities that contribute to effective care

LO3 Be able to communicate effectively within health, social care and early years setting.

RO31 – Using basic first aid procedures

LO1 Know how body systems work


LO2 Understand disorders that affect body systems

LO3 Be able to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates with reference to the functioning of healthy body systems.

LO1 – Be able to assess scenes of accidents to identify risks and continuing dangers


LO2 Understand the first aid procedures for a range of injuries

LO3 Be able to apply basic first aid procedures.

A Level - Cambridge Technical Level 3


What is Advanced Health and Social Care?

Health and Social Care is a vocational course designed to prepare students for life after school, equipping them with real skills that may lead to Higher Education or take them directly into the workplace and/or further training. This course will prepare students for a range of careers, not just those in health or social care.

Who is it for?

Any student committed to hard work in a variety of different situations applying a wide range of skills, can achieve this valued qualification, you need not have studied Health and Social Care at GCSE level.

What will I study?

•    Over the 2 year course there are 360 LEARNING HOURS (A – Level equivalent)

•    3 units are examined.

•    There is 1 piece of mandatory coursework – Building positive relationships in H and S Care settings.

•    There are 2 more coursework elements – these can be selected from a list on offer. These can be done in any order at the centres decision.
•    This course leads to possible careers or further study in a range of  care settings – nursery, crèche, school, care homes, respite care and hospitals.

The course is made up of:


Year 12 – Certificate

Unit 1:  Positive relations in Health & Social Care.

This unit is internally assessed.
Students study the care offered in a range of settings, all of which could lead to potential opportunities for a career – babies, young children, individuals with physical or mental health disabilities as well as the elderly.

Unit 2:  Equality, Diversity and Rights.

This unit is examined.
This incorporates the provision of quality care and ensuring legislation is understood in all care settings.

Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Care Settings.

This unit is examined.
It covers Health and Safety legislation and good practice.


Year 13 – Diploma

Unit 4:  Anatomy and Physiology

This unit is examined and looks at body functions, illness and well-being.

Unit 5:  There are a range of options in this section

This unit is selected from a list of options. It is Internally Assessed.


For the final Unit, students complete a portfolio which equates to 90 hours leaning.
It is internally assessed and the options are:

    • Infection control

    • Supporting people with learning disabilities

    • Nutrition for health

    • Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages

    • The impact of long-term physiological conditions

    • Supporting people with dementia

    • Supporting people with mental health conditions

    • Sociology for health and social care

    • Psychology for health and social care



​See Mrs. Blythe or Mrs. Marley for further details.

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