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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Study options                Exam board    Specification code

 

Extended Certificate                          OCR                                     05831

(equivalent to A Level)

Diploma  

 (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)                        

 

Why choose health and social care?

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate encourages students to appreciate an understanding of health and social care in different environments and settings. The course has up to date, engaging and exciting content.

It is a very well structured, practical course, which allows for a variety of pathways to cater for your interests. The qualification will develop your knowledge of effective communication, legislation and how to deliver a person-centred approach to care. You will therefore gain not only a valuable qualification but also a greater insight into ‘real life’ situations as well as develop professional and personal skills. In addition, you will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses.

Where can it lead?

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate will prepare you for a career in health and social care. It is also ideal if you are interested in other careers for which it is important such as primary teaching, childcare, nursing, community work or the voluntary sector. Many health and social care students progress to university to study a wide range of subjects including nursing, childhoodstudies, psychology, sociology, early years/primary teaching, occupational therapy, criminology and radiography. Alternatively you could choose to follow an apprenticeship in health and social care in adult care, or health care.

What will I study?

You will sometimes work on your own and sometimes in small groups. We will teach you the research and study skills you will need for success. There will also be opportunities to visit workplaces to learn how sections of the health and social care course are used professionally. Such visits will allow you to gain ideas about career opportunities. As well as using ICT for presenting your work, you will also be encouraged to use it for research.

You will benefit from extensive support and guidance throughout your time on the course. We pride ourselves on taking a personal interest in your success.

This qualification allows you to take units at the end of Year 12 and other units at the end of Year 13.

If you are able to complete extra units you will gain a diploma in this qualification which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

Units studied include:

Unit 1:   Building positive relationships in health and social care

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

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

Unit 4:   Anatomy and physiology for health and social care

Unit 5:   Infection Control

Unit 10: Nutrition for health

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through assignments and examination.

 

  Assignments Examination

Unit 1:

Building positive relationships in health and social care

Unit 2:

Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

Time n/a 1 hour 30 minutes
Marks Pass, Merit and Distinction 60
Weighting 16.6% (60 credits) 16.6% (60 credits)
Assessed Internally marked and externally moderated External examination
Types of question Assignments Five questions made up of multiple choice, structured questions, short and extended answers.
 

Unit 5:

Infection Control

Unit 3:

Health, safety and security in health and social care

Marks Pass, Merit and Distinction 60
Time n/a 1 hour 30 minutes
Weighting 16.6% (60 credits) 16.6% (60 credits)
Assessed Internally marked and externally moderated External examination
Types of question Assignments Three structured questions
 

Unit 10:

Nutrition for health

Unit 4:

Anatomy and physiology for health and social care

Marks Pass, Merit and Distinction 100
Time n/a 2 hours
Weighting 8.4% (30 credits) 25% (90 credits)
Assessed Internally marked and externally moderated External examination
Types of question Assignments Five structured questions

In the assignments clear objective criteria are used to assess competency in all the key areas and you will be able to see how your achievements build up as the course proceeds. There will be plenty of opportunity to show progress.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

There are no special GCSE requirements for this course.

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