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Health & Social Care

Curriculum Overview

This qualification introduces students to the biggest employment sector in the UK, which includes elements of the NHS, local authority adult and child care services as well as a range of independent providers which provide care in a variety of settings. It introduces students to this vocational sector and the role it plays in the health, well-being and care of individuals across all age ranges. Students will also develop transferable skills, in particular communication, aspects of team working and the essential life skill of first aid.

It will improve their learning in other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to both their personal development and future economic well-being.

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip learners with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. It will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, encouraging independence and creativity.

Cambridge National in Health and Social Care allows learners the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them as well as providing good opportunity to enhance their learning in a range of curriculum areas.

Cambridge National Assessment

Students will have to complete two mandatory units and two other units. Unit RO21 is an exam unit with external marked assessment. The duration of the exam is 1hour and is 60 marks.

Three units are centre-assessed tasks and students will gain up to 60 marks in each unit.

These units are course work based units.

Students currently studying Cambridge National L1/2 in Health and Social Care will have to complete tow mandatory units and other optional units.

Students starting to study Health and Social Care 2021/2022 will be working at an updated specification with slight different unit and exam weighting.  Students will have to complete two NEA assignments that are centre assessed and on exam that is taken at the end of Year 11.

The current assessment for Heath and Social Care is:

Two mandatory units:

Unit RO21 ‘Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings’ is an externally marked exam assessment. The duration of the exam is 1h.

RO22 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years setting is the mandatory coursework unit. All coursework units, the mandatory and the other two optional units are centre assessed. All units are 60 marks.

Grades in this qualification are awarded on the following scale

  • Distinction* at Level 2 (*2)
  • Distinction at Level 2 (D2)
  • Merit at Level 2 (M2)
  • Pass at Level 2 (P2)
  • Distinction at Level 1 (D1)
  • Merit at Level 1 (M1)
  • Pass at Level 1 (P1)

Mandatory Units

Unit R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment. All good practice is based on these 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.

Many individuals who use services often feel vulnerable and are lacking in confidence. If staff are friendly in their approach, apply the values of good care and are supportive, as well as following the accepted procedures, those using the service will feel respected and assured that all is being done to promote their health and well-being.

The unit will prepare learners for the work place, enabling them to gain an understanding of how the values of care should be applied and how maintaining the rights of individuals will enable them to feel valued.

On completion of the unit, learners will have gained an understanding of how to provide quality care for individuals, helping them to achieve their goals and how to apply the values of care so that individuals feel valued. Learners will also have gained an understanding of how regulatory frameworks aim to protect both individuals and care workers in settings and how procedures that are in place in care settings, aim to promote standards of hygiene and maintain safety and security for all who use or work within the setting.

 Unit R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting.

Effective communication is important to an individual’s well-being in everyday life. Practitioners need to communicate with and make connections with individuals using services all the time and it is their ability to utilise good communication skills and personal qualities that means they are able to communicate with and relate to those individuals effectively. Through this unit learners will gain an understanding of the different types of communication, the importance of good communication, the factors that influence effective communication and ways to overcome barriers, and an understanding of the qualities that contribute to effective practical care. These are transferable skills that can be used in everyday life. Being able to communicate effectively and to employ personal qualities to relate to others can influence every aspect of a person’s life, providing a key foundation on which to grow.

On completion of this unit learners will be able to appreciate how the way they communicate and the personal qualities that they utilise when working with individuals in a health, social care or early years setting will have an impact on the care of those individuals. They will be able to demonstrate that they have those effective communication skills that are needed to work in a health, social care or early years setting. They will be able to plan effectively for interactions in a health, social care and early years setting.

Two extra units to achieve the qualification

Unit R025: Understanding life stages

Our passage through life does not always run smoothly or to a set pattern; it can often be uneven, with many people and circumstances influencing it such as the birth of siblings, marriage, divorce, death of close relatives, health, employment etc.

This unit will allow learners to investigate the main life processes that will occur with each life stage: develop an awareness and understanding of the key events that may happen and the effects of these during the lifespan of an individual, helping to identify the need for additional support. A sensitive approach as to why progress through a life stage(s) may be different will allow thoughtful debate.

On completion of this unit learners will be able to produce suitable support plans for individuals in different stages of life.

RO23: Understanding body systems and disorders

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of three major body systems: respiratory, digestive and cardiovascular.

The interaction of our body systems and the structure and function that they provide allow humans to breathe, move, experience taste, touch and smell the amazing world we live in. These systems enable us to survive and thrive, with them we can live to our full potential as human beings. Technology and advances in medicine allow for us to treat illness and disease and research the ill effects of lifestyle choices.

Through this unit learners will have gained the knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of three body systems and three separate illnesses that may affect these systems.

On completion of this unit learners will have developed their knowledge and understanding of the importance of the systems, structure, function and disorders that can affect the individual within health, social care and early year’s settings. They will be able to measure and interpret data obtained from various relevant body functions.

Career destinations

Cambridge National in Health and Social Care lead to a wide range of general and vocational qualifications.

Potential career paths can include nursing, child minding, early year’s education, social care work including residential care home.

Career destinations

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care lead to a wide range of general and vocational qualifications.

Useful links

www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-health-and-social-care-level-1-2-j801-j811-j821/

Keep in touch

Subject Lead for Health & Social Care is Ms M Zulkarnain who can be contacted by email at m.zulkarnain@voy.hlt.academy

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