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Health & Social Care OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma at Parkside School

Course description

The Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care is a new vocational qualification developed and refined to suit students aged 16 and over. It is specifically relevant to further education and a route into vocational careers e.g. health related careers like nursing, radiography, occupational therapy etc; social work; youth work and early year’s careers like teaching or nursery management.

The course encapsulates a wide range of units to improve candidates skills, knowledge and understanding of the health and  social care sectors covering background on different care settings, job roles, legal frameworks for caring, policies and procedures adopted by health and social care organisations; principles and values involved in caring for vulnerable service users.

The course is a diploma and is made up of a selection of units equivalent to two full A-Levels. Candidates are required to complete 6 mandatory units with a further 7 optional units from a bank of 26. Popular units are Mental Health Awareness, Nutrition for health and social care, Caring for Children and Young People; Stress awareness.


Course content

In year 12 all the mandatory units are taught these are:

Unit 1 – Developing effective communication 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 – Development through the life stages

Unit 6 – Sociological perspectives for health and social care

Unit 7 – Psychological perspectives for health and social care





Exam board: OCR  Qualification Number 600/4230/8

The course is a centre (teacher) assessed qualification and is externally moderated by an OCR visiting moderator.

Further information

This qualification is designed to offer candidates the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare them for entry into employment at trainee level within a wide range of health, social care and early years care and educational environments.

Candidates who achieve this qualification will be prepared to enter a variety of HND or degree level courses in health, social care and early years care related subjects. There is also the opportunity to go into social care apprenticeships. Many candidates go into health careers such as nursing, occupational therapy, social work, youth work or primary education. Candidates can accumulate full UCAS points up to 280 for the Diploma at Distinction* equivalent to A*A*.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkside School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years