Health and Social Care


Double or single awards – OCR Cambridge Technical

'Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around'. Leo Buscaglia

Who is it for?

This is for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in education, nursing, social or community and military services. The award provides a broad introduction to the health and care vocational area. It is a highly successful course which will stretch students and give them a varied insight into the world of health and social care and the importance of thought when dealing with vulnerable individuals.

Entry Requirements

The general entrance requirements to sixth form apply. However, it is not necessary to have studied GCSE health & social care, and students will not be disadvantaged if this is the case.

Course content

The course leads to a diploma (equivalent to a two A levels) covering 12 units of study or a extended certificate (equivalent to one A level) covering 6 units of study. Some of the units are assessed through portfolio and some through external examination. Grade/s are awarded based on a culmination of all marks over the two years.

Weekly commitment

Attendance at between 10 and 20 taught periods per fortnight depending on which course you take. Plus, use of non-contact time for study and work placement.


The single option in the first year consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • Building positive relationships
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, Safety and security for health and social care

The double award in the first year consists of the mandatory unit as above plus:

  • Infection control
  • Safeguarding
  • Sexual health and reproduction
  • In the second year, the single option consists of:
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition and health
  • Impact of long term physiological stages

The double option consists of as above plus:

  • Personalisation and person centre approach to care
  • Promoting health and well being
  • Supporting people with mental health conditions
  • These units are subject to clarification

Additional Costs: Visits to work placements. Textbook is provided although it is advised that pupils purchase their own.

Career Prospects

Students have progressed onto higher study or employment within nursing, midwifery, primary education, social work, plus many other areas where interaction with the pubic is a large part of the job.

Further information contact:

Mrs D Lasslett, Head of Department