Why study Health & Social Care?
Health and Social Care is the study of a wide area of provision and includes statutory, private and third sector settings. Students will learn the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a broad range of settings, it also covers the science behind treatments and care options. It offers a range of transferable skills which can be used in many disciplines.
With the population living longer in the UK the health and social care sector is experiencing huge growth and is one of the biggest industries in East Anglia. Our Key Stage 4 course will set the foundations for preparing to work in the sector or progress into Sixth Form to study Level 3 courses. These will lead to work, further study in the sector or to university.
Our enthusiastic teachers offers an interesting set of courses whether you are interested in the sector or are looking to increase transferable skills. We very much concentrate on how skills and knowledge are applied to situations in health and social care settings
Our excellent work has been recognised by the examining board and Year 12 coursework has been included in the OCR Level 3 Sample Learner with Commentaries publication, which is used to advise teachers on good practice.
To keep up to date our staff are members of several health and social care groups. Regular student surveys mean that student voice is recognised and acted upon to ensure the course is meeting student needs.
Key Stage 4
Cambridge Nationals in Health & Social Care at Level 1 and 2
The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care focuses on a wide range of topics involved in caring for children, adults and older adults
25% written examination
All students study four units and learn the foundation topics of health and social care:
- Essential Values of Care for use with Individuals in Care Settings (RO21)
- Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early (RO22)
- Pathways for providing care in health, social care and early years settings (RO24)
- Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early Years setting (RO28)
Students will learn the rights of individuals and how to apply the values of care. Communication is key to success in care work and students will learn different communication skills as well as different ways that care and treatment is given to service users. The last unit looks at children’s development before they go to school and involves investigating a nursery.
Key Stage 5
- Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 3 2016 suite (equivalent to 1 A level, 05831)
- Cambridge Technicals Diploma in Health and Social Care and Early Years Level 3 2016 suite (equivalent to 2 A levels, 05833)
- Cambridge Technicals Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care and Early Years Level 3 2016 suite (equivalent to 3 A levels, 05871)
Our 6th form courses are open to all students as we offer additional help for those who have not studied the subject at Key Stage 4. Students who opt for the Extended Diploma study only this subject on their timetable.
Written examination and internally assessed coursework
There are a wide variety of units on offer from OCR. The topics covered give an insight into how knowledge and skills are applied to health and social care settings. Teaching methods are varied and include practical role plays, visiting speakers, case studies based on real people, independent study and use of professional resources designed to train care workers. There is a course text book available for use in the classroom.
Course Content includes:
Depending on the course chosen the students study a variety of units which are either assessed by examination (E) or coursework (C). All students study a selection of the following units:
- Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care (C)
- Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care (E)
- Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care (E)
- Infection Control (C)
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (E)
- Safeguarding (E)
- Personalisation and a Person-Centred Approach to Care (E)
- Research Methods in Health and Social Care and Childcare (E)
Other units that we study include Psychology in Health Care, Promoting Health Education, The Impact of Long-term Physiological Conditions, Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions, Public health, Promoting Positive Behaviour and Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages. These units are all coursework based.
It is strongly recommended that students read around the subject and keep up to date with developments in health and social care. Recommended reading lists are given and important developments highlighted. The Radio 4 Podcasts ‘Inside Health’ are recommended as is the NHS website.
Or listen to a selection of pod casts:
Support for Students:
We offer access to lesson resources via our public drive and ONE drive. Text books and a wide variety of resources are available within the classrooms and students have access to on-line text books through OCR. After college or lunch time study sessions are offered for all levels of students and additional help in study periods for 6th form students is available on request.