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Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at St Benedict's Catholic School

Course description

Unit 4: Anatomy of Physiology for Health and Social Care
This unit aims to introduce you to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities and maintenance of health, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. You will also understand the part played by organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. You will investigate the systems and organs involved in detecting and responding to change such as the nervous system as well as the eyes and ears. Unfortunately, things do go wrong and each system has well-known diseases and disorders. Also, as individuals grow older, they are likely to be affected by malfunctions as a result of degeneration. Some of these will simply be inconvenient; others will be life changers. You will understand the effects on individuals and what has to be done on a daily basis to enable them to lead as full and independent a life as possible.

Unit 10: Nutrition for Health
Eating is a daily activity for most of us. How does what we eat impact our health? What is healthy eating? How do we promote healthy eating? As future practitioners, it is important to understand the impact of nutrition on well-being and health. Rising levels of obesity are leading to increases in heart conditions, diabetes and liver disease. To the NHS, the costs of treating ill-health caused by poor diet are soaring. Many health and social care practitioners are involved in the provision of meals, so it is important you understand and can explain good nutrition. This unit introduces nutritional health and the components of good nutrition. You will have the opportunity to scrutinise different foods, consider their health benefits and investigate how to support other people to impact their health and well-being.

Unit 23: Sociology for Health and Social Care
We all live in groups; the groups that we are a part of influence our behaviour, our expectations and our potential. Sociology is the study of society, social institutions and social groups. Society is complex and constantly changing and using sociological theory can help us to understand, explain and question our social world. The work carried out by health and social care professionals is concerned with caring for individuals but this work is carried out in the context of wider social and economic forces. The unit will consider different perspectives about illness; the role of the professional and their relationship to their patients/clients; the social distribution of health between different groups in society and the organisation of the health and social care sector. Relating sociological theories to beliefs, values and practices in health and social care will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding about contemporary issues in the health and social care sector.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a level 5 in English and Maths or completion of Cambridge Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care at Merit.


In addition to units 1, 2 and 3 in the Cambridge Technical Certificate (50% of the Extended Certificate), assessment of the Students for the Extended Certificate will comprise:
- Unit 4: Anatomy of Physiology for Health and Social Care. Assessed by exam, 2 hour paper of 100 marks. (25% of total)
- Unit 10: Nutrition for Health. Assessed internally through assignments and moderated by OCR. (8% of total)
- Unit 23: Sociology for Health and Social Care. Assessed internally through assignments and moderated by OCR. (16% of total)
There is one resit opportunity for all examined units.

Future opportunities

This qualification is suitable for students who want to study health science, social care or childcare. It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into higher education on a health and social care programme such as nursing, social work or health and social care. The qualification covers health and social care in wider contexts of different environments and settings where care takes place and the importance of communication, legislation and developing a person-centred approach in the care given.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017
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