Health and Social Care

About the department  

In Health and Social Care pupils are given the support and encouragement they need to develop their understanding of a range of topics. We aim to provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to both their personal development and future economic well-being.

Health and Social Care equips learners with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. The subject challenges learners by introducing them to demanding material and skills and encourages independence and creativity by allowing students the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them.

All the learning takes place within a nurturing environment where all learners are valued and success in all its forms is celebrated. There is a weekly after school Health and Social Club where learners can receive intensive, one to one support or take the opportunity to undertake extra research to develop their understanding and skills.

Key Stage 4 – Cambridge National Certificate

Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging and practical approach to learning and assessment. Cambridge Nationals have clear progression routes to A levels, Apprenticeships or further advanced vocational qualifications at Level 3.

Curriculum Content

R021: Essential Values of Care for use with Individuals in Care Settings

On completion of the unit, learners will have gained an understanding of how to provide quality care for individuals and how to apply the values of care so that individuals feel valued. Learners will also have gained an understanding of how regulatory frameworks aim to protect both individuals and care workers, and how procedures that are in place in care settings aim to promote standards of hygiene and maintain safety and security for all who use or work within the setting.


R022: Communicating and Working with Individuals in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings

On completion of this unit learners will be able to appreciate how the way they communicate and the personal qualities that they use when working with individuals in a health, social care or early years setting will have an impact on the care of those individuals. They will be able to demonstrate that they have the effective communication skills, needed to work in a health, social care or early years setting.


Unit R028: Understanding the Development and Protection of Young Children in an Early Years Setting

This unit aims to provide learners with a key understanding of the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of 0–5 year olds in an early years setting. It enables learners to understand the importance of providing a safe environment when working with children and understand the areas of risk that can endanger children’s lives in an early years setting.


Unit R031: Using Basic First Aid Procedures

This unit will provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of basic common first aid procedures that could be used within health and social care settings.


R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

Written paper OCR set and marked

1 hour – 60 marks


R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings

Centre assessed task (coursework)

60 marks


Unit R028: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting

Centre assessed task (coursework)

60 marks


Unit R031: Using basic first aid procedures

Centre assessed task (coursework)

60 marks


Preparing you for life

The course will prepare learners for the work place as throughout the focus of the learning is on health, social care and early years care providers, their organisation and the personal qualities required to work effectively in the care sector.

The learners are encouraged to develop transferable skills that can be used in everyday life such as being able to communicate effectively and to appreciate the personal qualities that can influence every aspect of a person’s life, providing a key foundation on which to grow.

Understanding and applying basic first aid procedures could potentially save lives as basic knowledge of first aid could make a huge difference in any emergency situation. Research carried out by the BBC has found that nearly 59% of people would not feel confident trying to save someone’s life and around a quarter of people would do nothing and wait until the emergency services arrived. Health and social care learners will be able to assess the scene of an accident for risks and continuing dangers, know what information is needed when contacting the emergency services and be able to perform a variety of basic first aid procedures that could be needed in a range of health, social care and early years settings.

The knowledge and skills developed during the course support a range of potential career pathways including, nursing, early years education, paramedics, doctors, health visitors, child minders, nursery nurses and early years education.

St. Cuthbert's RC High School Shaw Road


OL16 4RX

01706 647761

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