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Health and Social Care - Extended Certificate


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Course Description

The extended certificate is equivalent to one A level. Students will study three units of work in Year 12 and three in Year 13, overall 50% of the grade will come from externally marked exam and 50% from internally marked coursework. The OCR Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. It has been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.


Course Content:


Unit 1: Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care

(Internally assessed)

This unit aims to introduce students 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. They will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way, considering how different factors, including context, can impact on the building of positive relationships. Students will also be introduced to the concept of the person-centred approach which will help with their relationship building skills.


Unit 2: Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

(1 hour 30 min written exam)

This unit will help students to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support. They 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. Students will develop the ability to recognise both good practice, and discriminatory practice in care situations. They will develop the judgement and decision making skills to choose appropriate responses to care situations and determine a course of action to promote the equality

diversity and rights of individuals in care settings.


Unit 3: Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

(1 hour 30 min written exam)

This unit introduces students to health, safety and security in health and social care. They 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. Students will learn how legislation, policies and procedures work to reduce risks in health and social care and the consequences of not following them. They’ll also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies within health and social care settings.


Career Possibilities

Health and Social Care is an excellent preparation for anyone considering higher education at degree or diploma level in a wide range of related courses such as Nursing, Social Policy, Social Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Childcare, Paediatrics, Midwifery, Social Work, Police Officer, Probation Officer, YOTs, Paramedics, Health Visitor, Counselling  and Teaching. Alternatively, students may move directly into employment where they may continue to gain qualifications.


GCSE Grade Profile

Students who study this subject will normally achieve 9-4 grades in a range of subjects including a grade 4 in English and science. Previous knowledge of Health and Social Care is not required.

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