Head of Department: Mrs L Egerton
Exam Board Edexcel
Qualification: Cambridge National  Technical Award in Health and Social Care

Programme of study

This is a vocational qualification so everything you learn about will be linked to real jobs and scenarios in health  and social care. Throughout the course you will learn some of the main values that are used by care practitioners and how they are applied within Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. This course will give you background knowledge that you need to succeed and will help you develop the skills to work in the  health and social care industry.

Unit R032: Principles of care in health and social care settings

In this unit, students will learn about the importance of the rights of service users, person-centred values and how to apply them. Students will also learn about the importance of effective communication skills when providing care and support for individuals using care settings and the procedures and measures used to protect service users and service providers such as safeguarding, hygiene and security. 

Topic 1 – The rights of service users in health and social care settings

Topic 2 – Person-centred values

Topic 3 – Effective communication in health and social care settings

Topic 4 – Protecting service users and service providers in health and social care settings.

Unit R033: Supporting Individuals through life events 

In this unit, students will learn about life stages and the factors that affect them. They will understand expected and unexpected life events and the impact they will have on physical, social/emotional and socio-economic aspects in an individual’s life. Students will research the service providers and practitioners that can support individuals, recommend support and justify how this will meet the needs of a specific individual. 

Topic 1 – Life Stages

Topic 2 – Impact of life events

Topic 3 – Sources of support

Unit R035: Health Promotion Campaigns

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to explore the various public health challenges the country faces, the approaches used to encourage health and wellbeing and the importance of this to society. They will understand the factors affecting a healthy lifestyle so that campaigns can be designed to target different groups of people. Students will also learn how to plan and deliver their own small-scale health promotion campaign and how to evaluate their planning and delivery. 

Topic 1 – Current public health issues and the impact on society

Topic 2 – Factors influencing health

Topic 3 – Health promotion campaigns

How is the course structured & assessed?

The OCR Cambridge National Technical Award in Health and Social Care is run over two years and content is broken down into 3 units. Each unit is worth a 

specific number of points and, to successfully complete the course, students must complete each unit to the required minimum standard. 

Unit R032: Principles of Care in Health and Social Care Settings externally assessed. This will be a written examination consisting of a 1hr 15minutes paper. You will take this in Year 11. It is worth 40% of the qualification.

Unit R033: Supporting Individuals through life events and Unit R035: Health 

Promotion Campaigns are assessed through coursework completion and this means that there is no final written examination for these units. Each of these units has a number of assignments to complete in order to fulfil the individual unit requirements.

What can these qualifications lead to?

This course is ideal preparation for progression to a more detailed study of Health & Social Care and Early Years, such as an ‘A’ Level course or a BTEC National qualification (Level 3) in our Sixth Form. Some students may complete the course and progress to an apprenticeship or training in a specialised area within the Health, Social Care or Early Years fields.