Arthur Mellows Village College

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Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4

Health and Social Care OCR National Level 1/2

Health and Social Care is a vocational subject, where successful completion of the course means that students will achieve a Level 2 qualification that is equivalent to one GCSE.
The Health and Social Care course is a vocationally-related qualification which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge of how to meet the needs of individuals using health and social care services, along with learning life skills for everyday use. 

The course paves the way for many Health and Social Care related career choices. This course could lead to careers in Nursing, Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Early Years Teaching, and Midwifery to mention but a few.

The course will also challenge all students by introducing them to demanding materials and skills, encouraging independence and creativity. Students will develop many skills, notably empathy and listening, perseverance, commitment and humility.

This Key Stage 4 course is the perfect introduction to further learning at KS5.  The Level 3 OCR Technicals Course in Health and Social Care follows this pathway perfectly and is also on offer at the College in the Sixth Form.

Curriculum Implementation

All learners will be registered to complete the OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care which consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (mandatory). This is an examined unit, set and marked by OCR.

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (mandatory). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.

R023: Understanding body systems and disorders (optional). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.

R031: Using basic first aid procedures (optional). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.

Key Stage 5

Health and Social Care OCR Technicals Level 3 – Extended Certificate

The National Key Stage 4 Health and Social Care course is the perfect introduction to this Key Stage 5 OCR Technicals course.  The Level 3 OCR Technicals Course in Health and Social Care follows the pathway perfectly and is also on offer at the College in the Sixth Form.

The Health and Social Care course is a vocationally-related qualification which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge of how to meet the needs of individuals using health and social care services, along with learning life skills for everyday use. 

This course is the equivalent to A Level but instead of A*-G grades students receive a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grading. 

At the end of this course each student will be able to think and act as an independent learner, develop effective communication skills, have skills to manage their own workload and meet deadlines, select and create evidence from information to meet specific requirements, and apply legislation to everyday working environments.

Curriculum Implementation

All learners will be registered to complete the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (2016) in Health and Social Care which consists of four mandatory units and two optional units.

  • Unit 1: Building positive relationships in health and social care (mandatory). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.
  • Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (mandatory). This is an examined unit, set and marked by OCR.
  • Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care (mandatory). This is an examined unit, set and marked by OCR.
  • Unit 4: Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (mandatory). This is an examined unit, set and marked by OCR.
  • Unit 10: Nutrition for health (optional). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.
  • Unit 14: The impact of long-term physiological conditions (optional). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.

Although not compulsory, students following the Level 3 course would gain significant benefit from a placement in a care setting at some point in the course. This experience is sourced and organised by the student and provides a valuable insight into the application of the course content.

Health and Social Care OCR National Level 3 – Foundation Diploma

This additional course is equivalent to one and a half A Levels and requires the students to complete the units for the Extended Certificate and then the following extra units:

  • Unit 5: Infection control (mandatory). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.
  • Unit 7: Safeguarding (mandatory). This is an examined unit, set and marked by OCR.
  • Unit: 13 Sexual health, reproduction and early development stages (optional). This is a coursework unit and will be marked by the centre.
  • Unit 14 changes to a mandatory unit for this level of qualification.