OCR National Health and Social Care

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge as well as skills for everyday use, including the ‘Values of Care’ and the current legislation requirements, and the importance of softer skills such as communication.

What will I learn?

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

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instill the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment. As well as 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.

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.

Unit R025: Understanding life stages

This unit will allow learners to investigate the main life processes that will occur with each life stage: develop an awareness and understanding of the key events that may happen and the effects of these during the lifespan of an individual, helping to identify the need for additional support.

Unit R029: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health

This unit gives learners an overview of the importance of diet throughout the life stages, giving them the knowledge and skills to enable them to make choices which will affect their body throughout their lives. Food is essential to our health and social well-being, throughout our daily lives from birth to old
age. What we eat is often determined by a considerable number of factors, such as work-life balance, finance, where we live, food preparation skills, our health and religion.

How will I be assessed?

This course is 25% exam and 75% coursework.

Unit R021 is an examined unit where students will sit a 1 hour exam at the end of year 11. The remaining units are coursework based.

What are the entry requirements?

No prior knowledge is required.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Students should have a genuine interest in the Health and Social Care sector with a desire to work with people. Students must be good at meeting deadlines due to the number of coursework based units.

Future opportunities

The Cambridge National leads onto the Level 3 OCR Technical Health and Social Care course, and subsequently a range of higher and further education opportunities. The student may decide that they wish to work as a care assistant, either with children or older people, for example, or study further to enable a career in nursing, midwifery or an allied health profession.

Exam board: OCR

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