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.
• 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.