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Health and Social Care OCR Cambridge Nationals at Sharnbrook Academy

Course description

'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

This is for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in education, nursing, social or community 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.

The course is available as either a double or a single award.

Course content

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
  • Supporting people with mental health conditions

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
  • Creativity in children
  • Promoting health and well being

These units are subject to clarification

Entry requirements

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

For level 3 BTEC courses only:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.  
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied. Please note that, in this case, level 2 BTEC qualifications can count for up to a maximum of five of the required GCSE passes at A* to C, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

However, it is not necessary to have studied GCSE health & social care, and students will not be disadvantaged if this is the case.


The course leads to a diploma (equivalent to a two A levels) covering 12 units of study or a foundation diploma (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.

Financial information

Additional Costs: Visits to work placements.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sharnbrook Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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