OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Health & Social Care

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Why choose Health and Social Care?

Students may choose this subject because they have an interest in social or health studies and wish to pursue a career in that direction.
This qualification will allow students to achieve their potential & progress to the next stage of their lives, whether it is in Higher Education, an apprenticeship, or employment.

This level 3 qualification is on a par with an A level and it is recognised both by universities & employers.

OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Health & Social Care

Extended Certificate (360 GLH) QN: 601/7060/8

Syllabus outline:

Year 12

Unit 1 – Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care

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 and individuals who require care and support. You will apply communication and relationship building skills in a practical way, considering how different factors, including context, can impact on the building of positive relationships. You will also be introduced to the concept of the person-centred approach which will help with your relationship building.

Unit 2 – Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

This unit will help you to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or 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

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 13 – Sexual Health, Reproduction and Early Development Stages

Health and wellbeing is not just relevant when you are an adult; it is just as relevant when you are a child and, as this unit demonstrates, health and wellbeing is of vital importance even before you are born. Students consider, how can you be sexually healthy? What types of contraception are available? What is the process of birth? Students take into consideration of the health and wellbeing of an individual who is pregnant and how the process of birth is impacted by many factors.

Year 13

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

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.

Unfortunately, things do go wrong and each system has well-known diseases and disorders. Also as individuals grow older, they are likely to be affected by malfunctions as a result of degeneration. Some of these will simply be inconvenient; others will be life changers. You will understand the effects on individuals and what has to be done on a daily basis to enable them to lead as full and independent life as possible.

Unit 24 – Public Health

Health and wellbeing extends further than the individual and the implication of poor health has wider impacts on a community, area and even the country. Students look at how public health is protected. There are many external factors to good health. Students take into consideration how to protect and improve health of the population, focusing on their local area. The unit helps to develop an understanding of the ways public health and wellbeing is promoted in order to benefit society as a whole and to reduce health inequalities.

Assessment details:

Year 12

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

LO1: Understand concepts of equality, diversity and rights and how these are applied in the context of health, social care and child care environments.

LO2: Understand the impact of discriminatory practices on individuals in health, social care and child care environments.

LO3: Understand how current legislation and national initiatives promote anti-discriminatory practice in health, social care and child care environments.

LO4: Understand how equality, diversity and rights in health, social care and child care environments are protected.

Unit 3 – Health, Safety and Security in Health & Social Care

LO1: Understand potential hazards in health, social care and child care environments.

LO2: Understand how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in health, social care and child care environments.

LO3: Understand the roles and responsibilities involved in health, safety and security in health, social care and child care environments.

LO4: Know how to respond to incidents and emergencies in health, social care or child care environments.

Year 13

Unit 4 – Anatomy and Physiology for Health & Social Care

LO1: Understand the cardiovascular system, malfunctions and their impact on individuals

LO2: Understand the respiratory system, malfunctions and their impact on individuals

LO3: Understand the digestive system, malfunctions and their impact on individuals

LO4: Understand the musculoskeletal system, malfunction and their impact on individuals

LO5: Understand the control and regulatory systems, malfunctions and their impact on individuals

LO6: Understand the sensory systems, malfunction and their impact on individuals

AS or A Level

Students may choose this subject because they have an interest in social or health studies and wish to pursue a career in that direction. This qualification will allow students to achieve their potential & progress to the next stage of their lives, whether it is in Higher Education, an apprenticeship, or employment.

This level 3 qualification is on a par with an A level and it is recognised both by universities & employers.

Career Choice

Health and Social Care is a valuable subject dealing with current issues. It provides an excellent basis for many higher education courses and employment.

Possible careers – Social Work, Nursery Nurse, Care Worker, Nutritionist, Sports nutrition, Childhood nutrition, Dietician, Health visitor, Nursing, Environmental Health, Occupational therapist, Counsellor, Physiotherapist and Food Scientist.

Entry Criteria

You do not need to have studied Health and Social Care before to study this subject. A willingness to learn and enthusiasm are more important.

Summer Holiday Project

You have been appointed as one of the experts who will be investigation a service in your local community. You need to choose a:

  • A health service
  • A social care service
  • An early years service

Task 1: The roles of people who work in care services

Task 2: The needs of clients and the types of services that exist to meet their needs

Task 3: How services can be obtained and possible barriers to accessing services

Wider Reading

Trips and visits – The school has links with local Health, Social and Early Years practitioners who visit to put the learning Ito context and provide real life examples of the issues within the subject. We have links with St Giles Hospice and the Manna House Day Nursery.  Newman University offer taster days one of which Year 12 visit to see the opportunities available to them.

Text Book

Maria Ferreiro Peteiro et al

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Health and Social Care (Cambridge Technicals 2016)

UK ed. Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1471874765, ISBN-10: 1471874761

For further information please email Mrs Miller-Jones: h.miller-jones@thepolesworthschool.com