Health and Social Care


Miss K Swales – Head of Health and Social Care
Mr M Walsh – Teacher

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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
Exam board: OCR

This qualification is for learners 16 years old or over who want to study health science, social care or childcare. This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and students study units which provide the breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare them to study in a Higher Education Institution either on a health and social care-related degree course or to support an application for a range of other degree courses. Learners will also develop transferable skills such as communication, research, planning and organisation.

Year 12
Unit 1: Building positive relationships in health and social care (PORTFOLIO)

This unit aims to introduce learners to the many different relationships that they will encounter within the Health and Social Care sector, whether with colleagues, senior members of staff, other professionals within the sector and individuals who require care and support. Learners will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way, considering how different factors, including context, can impact upon the building of positive relationships. Learners will also be introduced to the concept of the person-centred approach, which will help with their relationship building.

Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (EXAM)

This unit will help learners to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support. Learners will also gain an appreciation of how legislation and national initiatives can support anti-discriminatory practice. Strategies used to promote equality, respect diversity and support individuals’ rights will be examined. Learners will develop the ability to recognise both good practice, and discriminatory practice in care situations.

Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care (EXAM)

This unit introduces learners to health, safety and security in health and social care. Learners will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip them in maintaining a safe working environment for themselves, their colleagues and individuals who require care and support. Learners will learn how legislation, policies and procedures work to reduce risks in health and social care and the consequences of not following them. They will also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies within health and social care settings.

Year 13
Unit 4: Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (EXAM)

This unit aims to introduce learners to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities and maintenance of health, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. Learners will also understand the part played by organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. They will investigate the systems and organs involved in detecting and responding to change such as the nervous system as well as the eyes and ears.

Unit 5: Infection Control (PORTFOLIO)

In this unit learners will learn about the importance of infection control, be introduced to methods to prevent the spread of infection and be able to apply this in the workplace.

Unit 10: Nutrition for health (PORTFOLIO)

This unit introduces nutritional health and the components of good nutrition. Learners will have the opportunity to scrutinise different foods, consider their health benefits and investigate how to support other people to follow dietary advice to impact their health and wellbeing.

Entry requirements: Level 4 in English and Science