Health and Social Care

“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.”

Exam Board: OCR

Name of course: Cambridge Nationals, Health and social care level 1/2

Subject syllabus number: J811 Cambridge nationals Health and Social Care

Course details: This course consists of 4 units


Health and social care department purpose and vision

  • Health and social care has strong cross curricular links with both KS3 core and foundation subjects in the national curriculum, such as; Science, PSHE and Ethics. This course will enable students to, build upon; develop their knowledge and understanding from KS3 and critically engage with topics and themes within the subject.
  • Health and social care will; provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and develop students Learner behaviours by offering opportunities for both group and independent work and offering a whole unit of assessed work on the topic of effective communication.
  • Health and social care will challenge all learners to critically engage with parts of the sector and apply what they have learnt to their set assignments and make synoptic links between different units. This course will also give students more autonomy and responsibility over their work and their learning.
  • Health and social care will equip learners with specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use and specific skills that are needed when working in the health and social care sector Students will achieve a nationally recognised level 1/ 2 health and social care qualification which will support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course.
  • Health and social care will empower students as we will equip them with knowledge of their rights as service users and the rights as working for a service provider it will also equip students with knowledge of key legislation and its impact for service providers. Students will also understand the importance of equality and the engage with ways that discrimination can effect service users, the protected characteristics under the equality act and the values of equality and diversity that underpin practices within the health and social care sector


What does the course involve?
The course is made up of four units of equal weighting:

RO21: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (externally examined unit work 25% of final grade)

Students will examine how health, social care and early years workers, and care services, can support individuals’ rights, value their diversity and provide them with equal opportunities in order to meet their needs. You will learn about different types of legislation including; types current legislation that promotes anti-discriminatory practice. you will also learn about health and safety within the work place and look at contemporary examples of service users who have not had their rights maintained or values of care respected. Students will have opportunities to test their knowledge of RO21 through low stake testing in the form of recap quizzes and knowledge organiser test and also through summative assessments in the style of exam questions.

RO22: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (internally examined unit work 25% of final grade)

Students will learn about the different types of communication skills that care practitioners use, as well as the reasons why they are important. You will also learn about the barriers to communication that practitioners may face and the different techniques that can be used to overcome these. You will have the opportunity to practically demonstrate effective communication skills in a health, social care or early years setting through the use of role play and presentation tasks. 

RO25: Understanding body systems (internally examined unit work 25% of final grade)

This unit examines systems within the body such as the digestive system and the cardiovascular system, students will learn the organs that make up the system as well as their functions, student will also learn disease associated with the body system, the symptoms of the disease and why they happen. Students will as need to know how the diseases can be diagnosed. Students will have the opportunity to use formula to work out BMI, have the opportunity to work out a person’s pulse and use a peak flow kit to measure how quickly people can blow air out of their lungs. 

RO27: Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings

Students will learn about the different types of creative activities that are available, and the different needs these activities address for children and young people, adults and older adults. You will be able to explain how creative activities can help with a person’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. You will also learn about the many benefits of participating in creative activities and how to encourage positive experiences for all those who take part in and support them. You will have the opportunity to plan and carry out a creative activity suitable for an individual or group in a health, social care or early years setting.


How will you be assessed?

1 exam worth 25%

3 set assignments worth 75% (25% for each set assignment)

What are the post 16 pathways for this subject?

Level 3 health and social care. Level 3 childcare and development, Sociology, Law, Social work,
Health & Social Care is useful for students who may be considering a career in the caring professions such as: nursing, social work, Doctors, Teacher, Nursery Nurse.

What skills would I develop?

Research Skills, Analysis, Evaluation, understanding laws and how they are put into practice.

Students will also develop their LORIC skills as they will need to par take in role play activities as part of their assessed work and also be able to work well independently and meet deadlines.


Recommended reading and watching

The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann

The case of Victoria Climbe -

The Children Act -

Health & Social Care LORIC
Health & Social Care Learning Journey