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This qualification introduces students to the UK’s biggest employment sector, which includes elements of the NHS, local authority adult and child care services as well as a range of independent providers which provide care in a variety of settings. It introduces students to this vocational sector and the role it plays in the health, well-being and care of individuals across all age ranges. Students will also develop transferable skills, in particular communication, team working and first aid.


The course will be based on 4 units:
Year 10/Level 1 (mandatory units):
Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (exam)
Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (coursework)
Year 11/Level 2 (optional units – to be confirmed):
Understanding body systems and disorders (coursework)
Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years settings (coursework)


Exam Board: OCR
75% Assignment based – the assignments are set by the exam board.
25% External exams – there will be a one-hour written exam for Unit 1.

Legacy Specification – Year 11 only


This course is more work related than other GCSE’s and will involve practical activities and a long research assignment / coursework [now known as controlled assessment]. Students must arrange appropriate Health and Social Care related work experience placements in Year 10; though visits before this time to find out information about jobs.
The content of the course will be based on 2 units as below:
Health, Social Care and Early Years Provision [coursework]
To do this controlled assessment students must be able to work independently and organise themselves to make visits to an establishment that is HSC related.
Understanding Personal
Development and Relationships (exam)


60% Controlled Assessment [Coursework]
40% Examination [Each exam being 1 hour]
The coursework aspect is demanding and students need to have good organisational and self-motivation skills. A good grasp of English Language would also help. The ability to write at length and work independently is most important.