Health and Social Care

Awarding Body: OCR    Specification No: 5831 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

What will you be learning?
A wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care, Health, safety and security in health and social care, Anatomy and physiology for health and social care. You will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills. This will allow you to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people you are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst they maintain control of their own care and support. You will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses. You will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that you can ensure the people you are working with are able to access all the care and support they are entitled to.


Entry requirements
You must have at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language, Maths and Science
An enthusiasm for Science is important.


How is the course examined or assessed?
The courses are made up of 60% coursework and 40% exams, divided over the two years, giving students the chance of at least one resit per examined subject.


What happens when you have finished?
You will develop skills, knowledge and behaviours required to enter employment in the Health and Social Care sector, or to progress in to Health or Social Care related apprenticeships or degree courses, such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Early Childhood Studies, or a range of other Health or Social Care related degree courses. You could combine employment with job related training and gain further accreditation for your skills and experience through an NVQ training programme. You could continue your studies in Higher Education on a degree course or HND in related subject areas such as Health Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Physiotherapy, Primary Teaching and Nursing.