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Health and Social Care Department

The health and social care sector employs vast numbers of people who provide care in a range of settings.  A career in health and social care can be very rewarding and offers the opportunity to be able to work with and support some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. 
The OCR Cambridge National Certificate Level 1/2 in Health and Social Care introduces students to the specialist knowledge and skills needed to work in various care settings. Underpinning the qualification is a focus on core values and communicating with individuals so as to maintain their dignity and sense of being valued. 

Key Stage 4: Course Structure

The qualification consists of two mandatory units and two additional units.  Each unit is worth 25% of the course.
R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and the values of care required when working in a health, social care or early years environment. All good practice is based on those values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice. 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.  (One-hour external examination)
R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings

This mandatory unit explores different types of communication. Students learn about the importance of effective communication to connect with individuals using care services, and they develop their understanding of how the way they communicate impacts on an individual’s care.  (Moderated coursework)

R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting

Students learn about the key physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social milestones in the development of children from 0 to 5. They gain understanding of the importance of creating a safe early years environment and learn how to identify risks and hazards.  (Moderated coursework)
R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health
Students explore the importance of diet at all life stages. They find out about the key nutrients required for good health from childhood to old age and apply their knowledge in practical situations.  (Moderated coursework)

Career Pathways

Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Day Care Assistant, Residential Care Home Worker, Carer, Social Worker, Nursery Worker and Charity Worker.
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