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Welcome to the Health and Social Care Department

Applied Health and Social Care

Aims

  • To develop an interest in health, early years care and social care which affects the care sector
  • To participate in practical activities  which allows the learner to apply their knowledge when exploring issues associated with the subject.
  • To develop skills which will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector.

What do I need to follow this course?


It is important to have a good GCSE profile but you do not need any specific subjects to follow this course.  There are 6 units to be studied over 2 years. Each unit is worth 16 and 2/3 %.  Whether the units are internally or externally assessed, certain skills and abilities need to be evident. These are:
 
• A01 – Knowledge, understanding and skills
• A02 - Application of knowledge, understanding and skills
• A03 - Research analysis
• A04 - Evaluation
 

Progression/Career Routes
The development of skills knowled

ge and understanding in this course will provide a broad basis for anyone entering into Employment or Higher Education within the Health and Social care sector e.g. Nursing, Social Work, Child Care etc.  It also provides a student with valuable skills to transfer to other courses not necessarily related to Health Services.

AS Applied Health & Social Care: Three units studied
In year 13 you must study 3 units. Work Experience in year 13 must be carried out in a care setting. 

AS Unit 1 Promoting Positive Care 

 This unit is Portfolio based and internally assessed

  • Care value base and the related legislation 
  • Policies and the impact of poor practice
  • Health & Safety
 AS Unit 2 Communication in Care Settings

 This unit is Portfolio based and internally assessed

  • Communication in a care setting. It looks at the types of communication, team work  as well as factors affecting communication and the barriers to communication
  • Team work in a care setting
  • Evaluating communication skills through group and one on one interactions
 AS Unit 3 Health and Well Being

 This unit is a 2 hour Written Paper

  • Factors affecting health and well being
  • Health promotion & government policy
  • Approaches to health
  • Concepts of health & well being
  • Organisation concerned with health & well being
  • Anti discriminatory practices 
 A2 Applied Health & Social Care: Three units studied
 A2 Unit 9 Providing Services

 This unit is a 2 hour Written Paper

  • The effects of registration and policy on services
  • The ways which needs are identified and met
  • The role of practitioners
  • Team work
  • Quality assurance
 A2 Unit 8 Monitoring Body Systems

This unit is portfolio based and internally assessed

  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Monitoring psychological status
  • Investigations and treatments
  • Effect of illness on lifestyle
A2 Unit 11 Supporting the Family

This unit is portfolio based and internally assessed

  • Family functions
  • Changing family structure
  • Support available to families
  • Evaluation of support
  • Government initiative on family issues

Level 2 Health and Social Care

OCR Cambridge Technicals

Aim


To offer opportunities to develop the skills expected by employers and so improve employability.  Learners will have the opportunity to acquire essential knowledge and skills such as planning, research, analysis, working with others and effective communication techniques.

How will it benefit me?

You will:

  • Learn about health and social care
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable you to progress
  • Keep your options open – you can carry on in health and social care or do other things

How can I progress from OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 2 in Health and Social Care?

  • Start work e.g. a trainee care assistant
  • Enter employment and undertake a related NVQ, for example, NVQ Care or NVQ Early Years and Education
  • Take other Level 3 qualifications, such as the CCEA Level 3 National in Health, Social Care and Early Years.

How is the OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 2 in Health and Social Care assessed?
Your teachers will assess your work in all units and this will be moderated by external OCR Cambridge Technicals moderator.

Qualification

OCR Cambridge Level 2 Technical Extended certificate in Health and Social Care equivalent to 2 GCSEs.  In St Mary’s we complete the following units:

Unit 3 Individual needs in Health and Social Care 

 This unit is portfolio based, internally assessed and externally moderated

  • Outline the everyday needs of individuals
  • Explain factors, which affect the everyday needs of individuals
  • Carry out an assessment on the health and well-being of an individual
  • Produce a plan for improving the health and well-being of an individual 
 Unit 4 Ensuring safe environments in Health and Social Care

 This unit is portfolio based, internally assessed and externally moderated

  • Know potential hazards in health and social care environments
  • Know main principles of health and safety legislation applied to health and social care environments 
 Unit 7 Anatomy and physiology  in Health and Social Care

 This unit is portfolio based, internally assessed and externally moderated

  • Understand the structure, function and interrelationship of major body systems
  • Be able to carry out routine measurements and observations of body systems 
  • Know the effects of malfunctions on body systems
  • Know routine care given to individuals with body malfunctions 
 Unit 11 Impact of diet on health
 This unit is portfolio based, internally assessed and externally moderated
  • Know dietary needs of individuals at different life stages
  • Understand effects of unbalanced diets on the health of individuals
  • Know specific dietary needs of service users
  • Understand principles of food safety and hygiene