The Health and Social Care Studies is the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate. The course is made up of three exams and three coursework units. The exams are in Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety, and Anatomy and Physiology. The coursework units studied are Sexual Health, Nutrition and Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care.
Those considering working within either the health and social care sector, or with children and young people, will need to be able to demonstrate they have a wide range of skills in a variety of settings. This programme offers a number of work-based learning opportunities and has strong links with community project work, local employers and volunteering opportunities.
Students from a wide range of backgrounds undertake this course. The course is designed for students considering careers working within the health and social care sector, and students interested in working with children and young people. Many students who have studied these courses have gone on to university to study adult and child nursing, midwifery, social work, early years’ education, pharmacy studies, occupational therapy and much more. Those going into employment, work successfully within roles supporting children and young people, people with sensory and physical disabilities, the elderly, mental health sector, ethnic minority groups to name but a few.
The course is made up of a number of components including external written exams, mandatory assignments, project work and coursework.
The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is worth one A Level and will involve four mandatory units (three exams and one controlled assessment). The optional units are assessed through set assignments.
The mandatory units are:
- Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care - internally assessed assignment
- Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care - exam
- Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care - exam
- Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care - exam
The final three units are coursework.
Assessment is carried out over the two year programme and completed via external written exams, mandatory assignments and coursework. You will be required to carry out background reading, independent research and private study in order to complete all elements.
Merit or above in OCR Vocational Health and Social Care Studies Level 2 OR level 5-5 or above in Combined Science (or level 5 in separate Biology), and level 5 or above in English (Language or Literature).
This vocational qualification in Health and Social Care provides much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care and Health, and consequently acts as a robust introduction to both the social care and health sectors. These qualifications prepare learners for employment in these sectors, or for Higher Education.