Introduction to Health and social care:

The Health and Social Care sector in the UK consists of any organisation which provides healthcare and social care support to people of all ages. Healthcare includes hospitals, dentists, and specialist support like physiotherapy for example. Social care support includes nursing homes, foster caring, and nurseries. In a nutshell, it includes any organisation or service which helps people live more independent, healthier lives.

Did you know?

  • There are over 350 jobs roles in the Health and Social Care sector?
  • The NHS is Europe's biggest employer and the fifth biggest employer in the world. Nearly 1.5 million patients interact with the NHS every 24 hours
  • There are over 100,000 vacancies at any time in the sector

The qualifications that we offer will assess the application of Health and Social Care through their practical use. They will provide students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning by equipping students with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use.

We will also challenge all students by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including Values of Care and the current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication skills to ensure individuals right to independence and dignity).

 

Assessment overview:

Mandatory units:

All students must complete the following two units:

Unit Marks Duration  
R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings 60 1 hour

Written paper, OCR set and marked

This question paper:

• consists of two sections, each comprising short answer and extended response questions.

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings 60 Approx. 10 hours

Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated

The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

 

Content overview:  Mandatory

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

Students learn about the rights of individuals and the values of care required when working in a health, social care or early years environment. Through role play and case studies they gain understanding of how to apply these values so that individuals’ dignity is maintained.

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

Students explore different types of communication. They learn about the importance of effective communication to connect with individuals using care services, and they develop their understanding of how the way they communicate impacts on an individual’s care.

 

Optional units:

There are a further eight optional units. Students select two for the Certificate (120 GLH).

Unit Marks Duration  
R023: Understanding body systems and disorders 60 Approx. 10 hours Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated
The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

R025: Understanding life stages 60 Approx. 10 hours Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

R026: Planning for employment in health, social care and children and young people's workforce 60 Approx. 10 hours Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

R027: Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings 60 Approx. 10 hours Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting 60 Approx. 10 hours Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated  

The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

 

R029 Understanding the nutrients needed for good health 60 Approx. 10 hours Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

R031: Using basic first aid procedures 60 Approx. 10 hours

Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated

The centre assessed task:

• will be based on a centre selected model assignment

• assesses the quality of written communication.

 

Content overview: Optional

There are a further eight optional units. Students select two for the Certificate from the following:

R023: Understanding body systems and disorders

Students focus on the respiratory, digestive and cardiovascular systems. They learn about their structure and function, and the illnesses and disorders that can affect them, as well as how to take and interpret key measurements.

R025: Understanding life stages

Students investigate the main changes that occur during each stage of life and how they may affect the care requirements of individuals. They apply the knowledge they have gained to develop appropriate support plans for individuals at different stages of life.

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

Students develop their knowledge of the wide range of career paths and opportunities in the care sector, including entry points and the qualifications required. They find out about both the challenges and the rewards, enabling them to make informed decisions about the career path they may wish to follow and prepare a personal career plan.

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

Students explore the various types of creative activities available in the sector and how they can be used to meet individuals’ needs and enhance their enjoyment and personal value. They plan and carry out an activity with either an individual or a group.

R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting

Students learn about the key physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social milestones in the development of children from 0 to 5. They gain understanding of the importance of creating a safe early years environment and learn how to identify risks and hazards.

R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health

Students explore the importance of diet at all life stages. They find out about the key nutrients required for good health from childhood to old age and apply their knowledge in practical situations.

R031: Using basic first aid procedures

Students find out about basic first aid procedures that might be required in a health or social care setting*, including how to carry out basic first aid on adults. They learn how to assess the scene of an accident for further risks and what information they need to communicate when contacting the emergency services.