Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4

Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care
Course Overview

  • GCSE equivalent qualification.
  • Suitable for all levels of ability.
  • Four units to study.
  • Two in Year 10 and two in Year 11.
  • One examination unit and three portfolio units.

Year 10 Units
R023: Understanding body systems and disorders

  • You will study the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and the digestive system.
  • As well as their anatomy and physiology, you will study a disorder for each body system.
  • You will also learn how to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates including pulse rates, peak flow and BMI.
  • Portfolio assessment with a one-to-one practical assessment.

R031: Using basic first aid procedures

  • This unit will teach you how to save a life!
  • You learn how to carry out a number of first aid procedures including treatment for a severe asthma attack, what to do if someone is choking, and what to do if someone has stopped breathing.
  • You will also learn how to assess the scene of an accident and what information is needed when contacting the emergency services.
  • Portfolio assessment with a one-to-one practical assessment.

Year 11 Units

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

  • You will learn about the rights of individuals and the essential values of care that focus on promoting these rights.
  • You will apply the values of care when helping at the Senior Citizens Christmas Party.
  • Examination assessment 1 hour (taken in the January of Year 11).
  • You can re-sit this unit and your best result will be used to calculate your overall certification result.

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings

  • You will learn about different types of communication as well as specialist methods including Braille, sign language and Makaton.
  • You will also use your communication skills helping at the Christmas Party.

Portfolio assessment and observations from the party.

Key Stage 5

OCR Health and Social Care.  Applied A level (Single Award)

This is a vocational course which provides a broad understanding of the health, social care and early years services. The single award is made up of 3 units. There are elements of Sociology, Psychology and Biology within the course.  Students will apply their knowledge in a realistic and practical way, including case studies, small research projects, a health promotion campaign and one week work experience in a care setting.  Students use their experience to develop their communication skills and gather information for their coursework units.  By following this course, students will gain knowledge and experience of:

  • A range of job roles and opportunities in health, social care and early years servicesPresentations 2016 003 - Copy Health and Social Care 2016 003
  • Communication Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Research methods in health and social care
  • The impact of discrimination on vulnerable people
  • Anatomy and physiology (functions of body systems, dysfunctions, diagnosis and treatments)

This course can lead to progression into higher education courses such as:

BSc in Health and Social Care

BA in Education (Primary)

BA in Sociology or Psychology

Degrees in Nursing/Midwifery/Social Care/Occupational Therapy

Some students have used their A levels to go straight into employment and training in Elderly Care, Paramedic Training, RNIB and Early Years Care.

What do the students say:

“Health and Social Care is an interesting and enjoyable subject which has helped me prepare for my nursing course at University”

“The work experience, working with young people really helped me with my UCAS application for Primary School Teaching”

“I’d never considered working with elderly people before, but just loved my work experience at the day care centre.  I think I might look at this line of work in future.”

Exam Boards:

Key Stage 4: BTEC First Award Edexcel Health and Social Care – Level 1/2 (Pearson)

Key Stage 5: KS5 GCE (applied) Health and Social Care – OCR Single H103, 503,

Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

  • Key Stage 4 Health and Social Care – links with local health and social care and early year’s settings. Older People’s Christmas Party.
  • Key Stage 5 Health and Social Care – work experience visits to Health and Social Care or Early Years Care Settings, guest speakers from professional  “Health, Social Care or Early Years” care settings.

Department Team:

Subject Leader

  • Mrs K M Wroblewski

Departmental Team :

  • Mrs S Gilbert
  • Mrs C Cross