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Key Stage 5 Health and Social Care

Level 2: Students study eight different units over the course of one year which include: effective communication in health and social care; how we care for a diverse community and how to ensure that people live healthy lifestyles and consume nutritious diets. Students will be required to complete 60 hours of work experience in a health and social care setting to complete the course. This will be supported and arranged with the student and their carer to ensure the suitability of their chosen work place. They will achieve the equivalent of four GCSEs on successful completion of the course.

Level 3 single award: Students study six units over two years which include: communication in health and social care; health; safety and security; diversity in society; life stages and physiological disorders. Lessons are classroom or computer-room based and involve lots of participation, discussion, application and evaluation of ideas.

Level 3 double award: Students study all of the single units as well as child protection; sociological and psychological perspectives of health and social care; managing difficult behaviour and individual needs. Some topics are about sensitive issues that people experience in their lives and students are encouraged to share their feelings to support them in managing these issues, which may prepare them for future careers and life events.

Assessment and Examinations (Cambridge Technicals OCR)

Level 2 and level 3 health and social care courses are both assessed through coursework and task based assignments, which are completed in school and for homework. They are graded at pass, merit, distinction and distinction*.