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 Cambridge National Certificate Level 1/2 in Health & Social Care


Course Information:

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip learners with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. They will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including Values of Care and the current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication skills to ensure individuals' right to independence and dignity).


What we study in this subject:

Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. They're industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.


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

This unit focuses on the rights of individuals and instils the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years' environment. Many individuals who use services often feel vulnerable and are lacking in confidence.

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

 This unit will provide students 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 health, social care and early years settings.


Two further units from a choice of eight, covering topics such as 'Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years' settings'; 'Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting'; 'Planning for employment in health, social care and children and young peoples' workforce'.


Assessment Format:

RO21 is assessed by a written exam paper which is OCR set and marked and lasts 1 hour (25%) The other 3 units are assessed through portfolio evidence. Results are awarded from Distinction* at Level 2 (equivalent to A* grade) to Pass at Level 1 (equivalent to F/G grade)


Possible Careers and Further Information:

For learners who want to progress to Level 3 qualifications they have the choice of various Post-16 qualifications which will further develop areas of their learning from Level 1/2:

• Health and Social Care

• Home Economics: (Food, Nutrition and Health).

Learners can progress from OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Award/Certificate/ Diploma in Health

and Social Care to other vocational qualifications:

• Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work with Children and Young People

• Level 3 Diploma in Preparing to Work with Children and Young People.


Further information is available from Mrs. C. Jackson, Subject Leader, HSC