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Health and Social Care (OCR Cambridge National)

Why study Health and Social Care?
Cambridge Nationals are vocational qualifications at Level 1/2.
Students will be introduced to the core values of care as well as the rights of individuals and the legislation that is in place to protect individuals. Students will develop their communication skills and apply them to a practical situation. In addition students will develop knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, how people deal with major life events, health and social care services and the opportunity to practically demonstrate creative activities and reflect on their own performances.

What does the course involve?
The course is made up of four units of equal weighting:

RO21: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
Focus: To examine how health, social care and early years workers, and care services, can support individuals’ rights, value their diversity and provide them with equal opportunities in order to meet their needs. You will learn about different types of discrimination and current legislation that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.

RO22: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
Focus: To learn about the different types of communication skills that care practitioners use, as well as the reasons why they are important. You will also learn about the barriers to communication that practitioners may face and the different techniques that can be used to overcome these. You will have the opportunity to practically demonstrate effective communication skills in a health, social care or early years setting.

RO25: Understanding life stages
Focus: This unit examines the life stages from 5 to 65 years, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. You will look at the changes associated with the development from childhood to adulthood and the factors that can influence this development.

RO27: Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings
Focus: You will learn about the different types of creative activities that are available, and the different needs these activities address for children and young people, adults and older adults. You will also learn about the many benefits of participating in creative activities and how to encourage positive experiences for all those who take part in and support them. You will have the opportunity to plan and carry out a creative activity suitable for an individual or group in a health, social care or early years setting.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
This qualification introduces students to the biggest employment sector in the UK, which includes elements of the NHS, local authority adult and child care services as well as a range of independent providers which provide care in a variety of settings. It introduces students to this vocational sector and the role it plays in the health, well-being and care of individuals across all age ranges. Students will also develop transferable skills, in particular communication and aspects of team working.  

How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through a mix of internally assessed assignments (worth 75% of the final grade) and an externally assessed written examination (worth 25% of the final grade). The grades that can be awarded are:
Level 2 Distinction* (equivalent to an A* or approximately an 8 in GCSE grades)
Level 2 Distinction (equivalent to an A or a 7 in GCSE grades)
Level 2 Merit (equivalent to a B or approximately a 6 in GCSE grades)
Level 2 Pass (equivalent to a C or a 4 in GCSE grades)
Level 1 Pass/Merit/Distinction (equivalent to a F/E/D or approximately 1/2/3 in GCSE grades)

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Mrs Gredal - alison.gredal@sirthomasfremantle.org