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 instil 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 R027: Creative Activities
This unit will allow learners to investigate the different creative activities that are available to individuals in a health and social care and early years setting. They will understand how important it is to promote creative activities so that the needs of the individual are met as well as ensuring that those involved enjoy the experience.

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.

Unit R031: Using basic first aid procedures (coursework)
This unit will provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of basic common first aid procedures that could be used within health and social care settings. Understanding and applying basic first aid procedures could potentially save lives.

How will I be assessed?
Students will undertake assessment across the three years, this comprises of:

Three coursework units (75%)
One externally assessed exam unit (25%)

What are the costs?
Students will be asked to purchase a revision guide (needed in year 10, unit R021) this will cost approximately £15.

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 Platinum, Level 3 A Level Health and Social Care course, and subsequently a range of higher and further education opportunities including the care sector, early years, counselling and social work.

Exam board: OCR

Who should I contact for extra information?