Health and Social Care (KS4)

Health and Social Care is a part of everyone’s life, no matter what age they are. The Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care is a vocational course that 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. The course has strong links to other subjects including biology, nutrition, ethics, law, sociology and psychology and looks at the human lifespan and range of different services that are available to support people.

Students will experience a range of teaching and a great emphasis will be placed on practical application and occupational relevance. The course combines group work and individual learning, case studies and class exercises providing a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the Health and Social Care sector.

Exam Board: OCR Cambridge National Award / Certificate in Health and Social Care (J811)

Written paper: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
1 hour (60 marks)

Students learn about the rights of individuals and the values of care required when working in a health, social care or early years environment. Through role play and case studies they gain understanding of how to apply these values so that individuals’ dignity is maintained.

Centre-Assessed Tasks: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings
Approx. 10 hours (60 marks)

Students explore different types of communication. They 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.

Plus the following TWO units (Centre-Assessed Tasks) for the Certificate:

Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings (60 marks)

Students explore the various types of creative activities available in the sector and how they can be used to meet individuals’ needs and enhance their enjoyment and personal value. They plan and carry out an activity with either an individual or a group.

Using basic first aid procedures (60 marks)

Students find out about basic first aid procedures that might be required in a health or social care setting*, including how to carry out basic first aid on adults. They learn how to assess the scene of an accident for further risks and what information they need to communicate when contacting the emergency services.

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Please note that students starting KS4 in September 2022 will undertake the following specification.

Exam Board: OCR Cambridge National Award / Certificate in Health and Social Care (J835)

Emphasis will be placed on occupational relevance and practical application. The course will involve group work and individual learning, case studies and class exercises.

All students will study TWO mandatory units:

R032 Principles of care in health and social care settings: This unit is assessed by an exam. In this unit you will learn about the key topics that are important when caring for and protecting people in health and social care.

R033 Supporting individuals through life events: This unit is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will learn about growth and development through the life stages. You 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.

Students will then select ONE of the following optional units:     

R034: Creative and therapeutic activities This unit is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will research therapies and learn about how they can benefit people. You will also learn about the benefits of creative activities and you will plan and deliver a creative activity to a group or individual.

R035: Health promotion campaigns This unit is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will research health promotion campaigns and learn about their benefits to society. You will also plan and deliver your own health promotion campaign.

Assessment

  • 60% Internal Assessment
  • 40%    External Assessment

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The Health & Social Care Learning Journey provides a general overview of what students will cover in this subject.

View the Health & Social Care Learning Journey.

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Staff

Mrs H Wright | Teacher of Health and Social Care