Health & Social Care

"He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything."

Arabic Proverb

Overview

Health and Social Care encourages students to develop as effective and independent learners. Through investigation and evaluation it teaches them to understand aspects of personal development within the health care, social care and early years sectors. It also develops critical and analytical skills whilst examining issues which affect the nature and quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and cultural issues.

KEY STAGE 4

We offer OCR Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care which is equivalent to one GCSE. This will provide students with an introduction to the skills, knowledge and understanding required to prepare for work in the health and social care sector.

Students will study two mandatory units.

Unit RO21 - The essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings. This unit examines the rights of individuals and the care values used when working in a health, social care or early years environment. This unit is assessed with a one hour written exam.

Unit RO22 - Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings. This unit will enable students to understand how to communicate effectively and the personal qualities needed to create a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting. This unit is assessed by the centre with set tasks.

There are two additional units which are chosen from a bank of optional units:

Unit RO23 - Understanding body systems and disorders. This unit will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of three major body systems: respiratory, digestive and cardiovascular. This unit is assessed by the centre with set tasks.

Unit RO28 - Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting. This unit will enable students to understand the importance of promoting a safe environment when working with children and to understand the areas of risk that can endanger children's lives in an early years setting. This unit is assessed by the centre with set tasks.

KEY STAGE 5

The OCR courses offered at post-16 encourage students to develop an in-depth knowledge for entry into either the modern workplace or for further studies. There are two options at post-16:

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care. This is broadly equivalent to 2 A Levels

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. This is broadly eqivalent to 3 A Levels.

At post 16 students will study the following:

  • Developing effective communication
  • Equality, diversity and rights
  • Health, safety and security
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Nutrition
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Dementia care
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour.