Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4

Health and Social Care Level 1/2 Award/Certificate/Diploma

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge along with skills for everyday use. The hands-on approach reflects the way in which students use new technology and will underpin a highly valid method of assessing their skills for the many progression routes available.

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

  • This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment.
  • All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice.
  • The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment.
  • Assessed by a 1 hour written exam.

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

  • This unit will provide learners 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 a health, social care and early years setting.
  • Assessed by coursework and moderated by OCR.

Unit R026: Planning for employment in health, social care and children and young people’s workforce.

  • Learners will have the opportunity to develop essential knowledge about careers including entry points into organisations and the qualifications needed.
  • They will also learn about the challenges and rewards of working in health, social care and children and young people’s workforce roles, so they can make fully informed decisions about what their career options might be.
  • Assessed by coursework and moderated by OCR

Unit R027: Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings.

  • In this unit learners will have the opportunity to explore the different types of creative activities that are available to individuals in health, social care and early years settings.
  • They will understand how important it is to promote creative activities, so that the needs of the individuals are met as well as ensuring that those involved enjoy the experience and gain personal value from participating.
  • Assessed by coursework and moderated by OCR.


Key Stage 5

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care Single

The NHS employs 1.4 million people and social care 1.6 million people and together they employ one in ten of the working population. This course will provide learners with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the health and social care sector.

What will I learn?

  • 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 a health and social care-related programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work or Early Childhood Studies.
  • The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other A levels
  • Learners will take six units made up of mandatory and optional units, These units will give learners an understanding of health and social care in the wider contexts of different environments and settings where care takes place, the importance of effective communication in health and social care, the importance of legislation in health and social care and how to deliver a person-centred approach in the care given.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will complete at total of six units which will be assessed through written assignments and externally set exams.
  • Grading of assessments is Pass, Merit or Distinction

What can I do next?

  • Progress into Health and Social care related apprenticeships.
  • If you have achieved additional A levels and have the required UCAS points you can progress on to Higher Education.

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care Double

This course is for students who want to develop and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding in health and social care and is the equivalent of two A Levels. You will be able to choose one other A level to complete alongside of this course.

What will I learn?

  • Learners will learn by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to what happens in health, social care and child care workplaces and learners will also learn how to be proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting individuals within the sector.
  • Having an appreciation of what happens in the workplace will also help to prepare learners for continuing their education in this sector.

How will I be assessed?

  • You will complete 12 units which are assessed through written assignments and externally assessed exams.
  • Grading of assessments is Pass, Merit and Distinction.

What can I do next?

  • You can progress to Higher Education if you have achieved the required UCAS points or you can enter into employment or apprenticeships.