Health & Social Care

Key Stage 4

Course title and type of qualification: Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate Health & Social Care

What will I learn?

This course is designed for students who have an interest in health and social care and wish to develop skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within this sector. It will particularly appeal to students who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

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

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years’ environment. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment.

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

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting.

R025: Understanding life stages

This unit will allow learners to investigate the main life processes that will occur with each life stage: develop an awareness and understanding of the key events that may happen and the effects of these during the lifespan of an individual, helping to identify the need for additional support. A sensitive approach as to why progress through a life stage(s) may be different will allow thoughtful debate. On completion of this unit learners will be able to produce suitable support plans for individuals in different stages of life.

R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health

This unit gives learners an overview of the importance of diet throughout the life stages, giving them the knowledge and skills to enable them to make choices which will affect their body throughout their lives. Food is essential to our health and social well-being, throughout our daily lives from birth to old age. What we eat is often determined by a considerable number of factors, such as work-life balance, finance, where we live, food preparation skills, our health and religion

How will I be assessed?

Unit RO22, RO25 and RO29 are coursework based and are internally assessed; the coursework is worth 75% of the final mark.

Unit RO21 is a one hour written exam and is worth 25% of the final mark.

This course is included in the 2019 performance tables.

What could I move onto?

Health and Social Care is a subject that enables students to gain the knowledge and understanding that will open up a range of career opportunities including childcare, teaching, midwifery, nursing, occupational health, dietician, paramedic, social work, mental health services, and counselling.

You could also choose to continue your study of Health & Social care in the sixth form.

Exam Board: OCR