Health and Social Care (from Sep. 2022)

Key Stage 4

What will students learn?

The Level 1/2 award in Health and Social Care is designed to encourage and inspire students. The qualification provides insight into the health, social and early years sectors.  It is designed to create independent students that can make informed decisions about further learning opportunities or continuing into related career choices.

This qualification is designed to enable students to build on transferable skills, such as communication and interpersonal skills, which will support their choice of vocation. It also offers an understanding into the legal requirements and values of care needed to work in the care industry. Its main focus is to understand human development throughout the life stages and factors that may affect each stage.


How will students be taught?

The lessons will be taught in a variety of ways including whole class teaching, group projects, presentations and independent research. Students are expected to work independently in order to carry out and complete controlled assessment coursework. ICT and the internet are used.


How will students be assessed?

To gain this qualification students are required to complete three units.

R032: Principles of care in health and social care (examination unit)
In this unit, students will learn about the importance of the rights of service users, person-centred values and how to apply them. Students will also learn about the importance of effective communication skills when providing care and support for individuals using care settings and the procedures and measures used to protect service users and service providers such as safeguarding, hygiene and security.

R033: Supporting individuals through life events (coursework)
In this unit, students will learn about life stages and the factors that affect them. They will come to understand expected and unexpected life events and the impact they will have on physical, social/emotional and socio-economic aspects in an individual’s life. Students will research the service providers and practitioners that can support individuals, recommend support and justify how this will meet the needs of a specific individual.

R035: Health promotion campaigns (coursework)
In this unit, students will have the opportunity to explore the various public health challenges the country faces, the approaches used to encourage health and wellbeing and the importance of this to society. They will understand the factors affecting a healthy lifestyle so that campaigns can be designed to target different groups of people. Students will also learn how to plan and deliver their own small-scale health promotion campaign and how to evaluate their planning and delivery.


Examination board & course type

OCR - Cambridge National Level 1/2 (J835)


What can studying this subject lead to?

This Level 1/2 qualification in Health and Social Care has elements of psychology, social policy and sociology that complement studies in humanities and related subjects. The main purpose of the qualification is to support access to further education and training, such as:

  • Level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care
  • Level 3 qualifications in Medical Science
  • A Level in Sociology
  • A Level in Psychology
  • Access course in nursing/midwifery/Health Studies, the Forces, teaching.


Teacher to contact for further information

Ms J Huggins

Health and Social Care Curriculum Overview