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Health and Social Care, OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate/Extended Certificate at Allerton High School

Course description

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give you a work-focused alternative to A Levels.

They’ve been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you. This will enable you to develop your research skills as you work, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through your qualifications.

This qualification will help you:-

  • Develop the ability to work autonomously and effectively
  • Be able to specialise in particular areas of health, social care and early years if you wish
  • Obtain a qualification that is relevant to the workplace.

Build your skills, knowledge and understanding of health, social care and early years needed to both continue studying at university and to start work.

This qualification isn't just about caring for babies or the elderly and the ill; it will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education on health and social care-related programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies. 


Course content



Unit 1: Building positive relationships in health and social care

(Mandatory unit internally assessed) - This unit aims to introduce you to the many different relationships that you will encounter within the health and social care sector, whether with colleagues, senior members of staff, other professionals within the sector or individuals who require care and support.  You will understand how context can impact on relationships and the many factors that influence the building of positive relationships.  You will be introduced to the concept of the person-centred approach and then given the opportunity to apply your newly learned skills in a practical way.

Unit 2: Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

(Mandatory unit externally assessed - 1 hour 30 minutes written exam) - This unit will help you to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on people who require care and support. You will also gain an appreciation of how legislation and national initiatives can support anti-discriminatory practice.  Strategies used to promote equality, respect diversity and support individuals' rights will be examined.  You will develop the ability to recognise both good practice, and discriminatory practice in care situations.  You will develop the judgement and decision making skills to choose appropriate responses to care situations and determine a course of action to promote the equality, diversity and rights of individuals in care settings.

Unit 3: Health, safety and security in health and social care

(Mandatory unit externally assessed - 1 hour 30 minutes written exam) - This unit introduces you to health, safety and security in health and social care.  You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to equip you in maintaining a safe working environment for yourself, your colleagues and individuals who require care and support.  You will learn how legislation, policies and procedures work to reduce risks in health and social care and the consequences of not following them.  You will also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies within health and social care settings.


Unit 4: Anatomy and physiology for health and social care

(Mandatory Unit Externally assessed - 2 hour written exam) - 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. 

You will study two further (Optional) internally assessed coursework units.


Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 9-4 or equivalent grades at GCSE including grade 4/4 in Science.  Where Health and Social Care has been studied at Level 2 a Pass must have been achieved.


The assessments for the qualification are made up of coursework modules and examined units.


Future opportunities

To work in health, social care and early years related roles - for example:

In the health sector, enter employment as a trainee in nursing or as a

physiotherapist's aide

To college or university for further study

To work-related and occupational qualifications in health, social care and early years.

Further information

For further information please contact Miss Schofield at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770