Health & Social Care
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Cambridge National Level 2 graded pass, merit, distinction, distinction* (equivalent to single GCSE grades C to A*).
What do students learn about in Health & Social Care?
Communicating in care settings
Types of communication, communicating in different and sometimes challenging situations in care settings, one to one and group communication workshops.
Body systems & disorders
Structure, function and disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory & digestive system, measuring body rates such as peak flow, pulse and BMI. In this unit students have the opportunity to set up a health promotion event covering cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive health.
Delivers the student ready for real first aid situations. Making the area safe, risk assessment, consent and information, accident reporting, communicating with the casualty, wounds & bleeding, choking, asthma, burns & scalds, cpr, the conscious and unconscious casualty, recovery position, and evaluating your own performance. Students also have the opportunity to learn & practice defibrillation.
Quality care and care values in care settings.
The cornerstone of the care system. Human rights and helping individuals to maintain their rights, legislation, protection of vulnerable individuals, raising concerns, infection control, fire safety training, health, safety and security, delivering quality care in a variety of care settings.
How is this qualification assessed?
75% coursework which is a mixture of practical and written assessment, 25% exam:
- First aid practical is assessed in class and via a one day appointed person certificate delivered by an external trainer and valid for three years.
- Body systems practical assessment gives students the opportunity to set up a health promotion display/event. There are strong links to science within this unit.
- Communicating in care settings is assessed with a mixture of written, visual and practical.
- Quality care & care values is assessed as a one hour external exam. Students are prepared for this exam with a mixture of written, visual and practical workshops including visiting speakers and trainers.
What pathways are linked to studying Health & Social Care?
Health and Social Care is desirable but not essential to study level 2 and level 3 vocational courses. (e.g. BTEC Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical). If you wish to go in to nursing or teaching you will need to get a degree and get at least grade 5 in GCSE English, mathematics and combined science.
Apprenticeships (Intermediate and Advanced)
Adults’ residential manager, adults’ (non-residential) manager, adults’ advanced practitioner, business development manager in adult social care, clinical support worker, healthcare support worker, manager of specialist adult social care services, therapy assistant, therapy helper.
Community and public health, health and social care, health care, health, community and social care, health professions, mental health care
Jobs and Careers
Adults’ residential manager, adults’ (non-residential) manager, adults’ advanced practitioner, business development manager in adult social care, care assistant, care officer, care supervisor, clinical support worker, community support worker, community development worker, family support worker, healthcare assistant, healthcare support worker, home care support worker, manager, of specialist adult social care services, mental health support worker, night care assistant, outreach worker, personal assistant, re-enablement worker, relief team worker, residential key worker, senior care worker, substance misuse worker, support worker, therapy assistant, therapy helper, support worker, supported living carer.