Health and Social Care

Subject Overview

This OCR Cambridge National in Health and Social Care is a qualification for students who want a broad background in health and social care. The qualification enables students to grasp and employ fundamental principles and concepts relating to individual rights, person-centred values, effective communication, and safeguarding in health and social care settings. Students acquire practical skills and knowledge applicable to real-life contexts and work environments, fostering creative thinking, independence, and confidence in healthcare and beyond. It provides a suitable basis for further study in this subject or for related courses, which could include A levels, National Diplomas or Modern Apprenticeships.

Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)

The OCR qualification consists of 3 units of study. The two compulsory units set by OCR are:

  • Principles of care in health and
  • Social care settings (written exam, worth 40%).

This unit is assessed by an exam. In this unit students will learn about key topics that are important when caring for and protecting people in health and social care. Topics include:

  1. The rights of service users in health and social care settings
  2. Person-centred values of care
  3. Effective communication in health and social care
  4. Protecting service users and service providers in health and social care settings

Supporting individuals through life events (internally assessed coursework 30%).

This unit is assessed by a ‘set assignment’. In this unit students will learn about growth and development through the life stages. Students will also learn how to understand the needs of individuals who have been affected by life events and how to recommend support to meet their needs. Topics include:

  1. Life stages
  2. Impacts of life events
  3. Sources of support

Students will also study a further 1 unit (internally assessed coursework 30%).

This could include: ‘Creative and therapeutic activities’ or ‘Health promotion campaigns’:

Entry Requirements and Prohibited Options

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. Students are encouraged to pursue this qualification if they have a genuine interest in understanding how individuals develop and evolve throughout their life. This qualification is particularly suitable for those who aspire to pursue a career in the health and social care sector.

Activities and Trips

The course includes a diverse range of teaching and learning styles such as teacher presentations, discussions, pair work, group work, student presentations, role plays, case studies, and individual research. To enrich the learning experience, the Health and Social Care department collaborates closely with local health and social care sectors, who deliver interactive presentations to our students.

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

Health and Social Care is a unique subject with no direct connection to other subjects. However, students can reap advantages from subjects like English, History, and Religious Studies, which enhance their extended writing and reading skills.

Subject Resources

Schemes of Work

Subject teaching resources and learning materials can be located in the school L drive for Health and Social Care (available in school or via remote log in)

Past Papers

Past papers are an invaluable resource when it comes to exam revision and consolidating knowledge for this subject.

Courses References

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