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Health & Social Care

Key Stage 4


What will students learn?

The qualification is designed to create independent students that can make informed decisions about further learning opportunities or continuing into related career choices. It will equip students with transferable skills that are relevant to the sector and more widely. It covers the rights of individuals, person-centred values of care, health promotion, and the impact of life events.

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?

Students will cover two mandatory units (R032 and R033) and one optional unit (R035)


R032: Principles of care in health and social care settings (40%)                                         
In this unit students will learn about the importance of the rights of service users, person-centred values and how to apply them. They will also learn about the importance of effective communication skills when providing care and support for service users in health and social care settings and the procedures and measures used to protect individuals such as safeguarding, hygiene and security.
1 hour 15 mins written paper, OCR set and marked.                     

R033: Supporting individuals through life events (30%)
In this unit, students will learn about life stages and the factors that affect them. They will 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.    
10-12 hours of ongoing non-examined assessment (NEA*)    

R035: Health promotion campaigns (30%)
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.
10-12 hours of non-examined internal assessment (NEA*)

Examination board & course type

OCR - Cambridge National Level 1/2

What can studying this subject lead to?

These skills will help students progress onto further study in the health and social care sector. This may be Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care, A levels in psychology, biology or sociology and the following apprenticeships:

• Adult care worker
• Allied Health Profession Support
• Health and Social Care
• Healthcare science assistant
• Maternity and Paediatric Support.

Revision advice

A subject specific guide featuring key content, recommended resources and the specifications we cover in that particular subject can be downloaded below:






Teacher to contact for further information

Ms J Huggins



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