What is OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care about?

The Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical is a subject that links well with biology, psychology and sociology. It gives students the ability to interact with the health, social care and early-years sectors, allowing students the opportunity to experience the work environment through learning. 

The Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. It has been endorsed by a large number of universities, health care and early year’s employers, such as hospitals, care quality commission and children’s services.

This Cambridge Technical provides a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and is recognised for UCAS tariff points.

Is this course for me?

Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical is suitable for students who achieve the minimum academic standards set out in the sixth form entry requirements. It suits students who do well at coursework and will enjoy active learning styles such as discussion, giving presentations, interviewing people. It is also a good subject for students who like to meet people as they are expected to make contact with work settings, interview people, and review this in their coursework.

What else do I need to know?

It is a two year course and is equivalent to one ‘A’ level. There are three externally examined units and three coursework units internally assessed. Universities will accept the qualification for a wide range of degree courses.

Where could it lead?

Health and Social Care Cambridge Technical can lead to careers in nursing, midwifery, health visiting, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Also careers working with children such as nursery education, primary teaching and social work. 

How is this course structured?

These units will be taught during the two year course. The examined and coursework units can be entered in January and June of year 12 and 13.

Building positive relationships in health and social care 

Coursework based - Internally assessed.
This unit aims to introduce students to the many different relationships that they 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.
Students 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. 

Nutrition for health

Coursework based - Internally assessed.
This unit introduces nutritional health and the components of good nutrition. Students will have the opportunity to scrutinise different foods, consider their health benefits and investigate how to support other people to follow dietary advice to impact their health and well-being.

Sociology for health and social care

Coursework based - Internally assessed.
The unit will consider different perspectives about illness; the role of the professional and their relationship to their patients. The social distribution of health between different groups in society and the organisation of the health and social care sector. Relating sociological theories to beliefs, values and practices in health and social care will enable you to develop their knowledge and understanding about contemporary issues in the health and social care sector.

Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care  

1½ hours written examination – 60 marks.
Comprised of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and questions that require extended responses.
This unit will help students to understand the implications of diversity on practice and also the effects of discriminatory practice on individuals who require care or support. Students 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. 

Health, safety and security in health and social care 

1½ hours written examination – 60 marks.
Comprises of short answer questions and questions that require extended responses.

This unit introduces students to health, safety and security in health and social care. Students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to understand how to maintain a safe working environment in health and social care settings. Students will learn how legislation, policies and procedures work to reduce risks in health and social care and the consequences of not following them. Students will also learn how to respond to different incidents and emergencies within health and social care settings. 

Anatomy and physiology for health and social care 

 2 hour written paper.
Comprised of short answer questions and questions that require extended responses.
This unit aims to introduce students to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities and maintenance of health, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. They will also understand the part played by organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney.