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OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technicals

Cambridge Technicals at Level 2 offer students a broad and in-depth foundation for either the modern workplace or further studies. This qualification is offered in year 12 and is designed for pupils who did not achieve

5 GCSEs A*-C including English and maths. The course covers a wide range of topics within health and social care and is aimed at pupils who have an interest in a career in the health, social or early year’s sectors. It is a vocational qualification which means that the knowledge and skills you learn can be applied directly to health and social care places of work. It is equivalent to 4 GCSEs. To gain the diploma in Health and Social Care pupils must complete eight units of coursework which will total 60 credits. This course is 100% coursework and will be graded on a pass, merit or distinction criteria.

What will I learn?
You will learn about various care settings and also have a chance to apply your learning with work experience. Key topics covered include communication skills, personal development, an introduction to equality and inclusion, providing activities for people of all abilities and backgrounds, and safeguarding, including recognising signs of abuse and learning how to empower people to protect themselves from abuse.

Units covered

Unit Description Credits
1 Communication in Health and Social Care - investigate the different forms of communication and how they are used effectively in health and social care. 5
2 Individual Rights in Health and Social Care - understand the diverse backgrounds and needs of people who use services, the legal responsibilities to support individuals’ rights and the values that inform effective practice. 5
3 Individual Needs in Health and Social Care - the main factors which affect our lives along with an understanding of how to support an individual’s health and wellbeing. 5
4 Ensuring Safe Environments in Health and Social Care - understanding of health and safety within a health and social care environment. 5


5 Vocational Experience in a Health and Social Care Setting - developing an understanding of the workplace and a consideration of own strengths and areas for improvement. 10
6 Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care – explore culture, social class, legislation and other factors impact on equality of opportunity for people who use services. 10
7 Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Social Care - develop a broad understanding of the body, its workings and its organisation. 10
11 The Impact of Diet on Health - what constitutes a balanced diet and they will gain knowledge of the nutrients we need and for what purpose. In addition examining people who use health and social care settings have differing dietary needs depending upon their age, religion, state of health, occupation, lifestyle choices and activity levels. 10


What will I gain?
You will gain the range of knowledge and skills that you need to be successful in a career in the care sector, as well as vital work experience. It will give points for progression to 6th form and a qualification for inclusion on your CV. You will mature as you progress through the course and gain an understanding of requirements within health and social care settings. You will be encouraged to express your opinions on a range of topics, and listen and understand others’ points of view.

What do I need?
Four GCSE grades D or above, including English Language and Maths. You also need a strong desire to succeed beyond GCSE, a ‘can-do’ attitude and an aptitude to develop further as a learner. You need to be organised and self-motivated.

What can I do next?
You can progress to A Level, apprenticeship, college or work. The qualification is accredited by the government so is recognised by educational institutions and employers in the UK and abroad.

Who teaches this course?
The course is taught by Miss Ormsby and Miss May. Miss Ormsby is an external moderator for the exam board which ensures subject knowledge and tasks are relevant and meet the exam board’s requirements. The teaching methods include group work, independent research, class discussion and teacher led sessions.