Health and Social Care

Department vision:

"Our vision is to explore the positive and negative impacts of human development and how individuals can be affected through different life events. Our students will understand how all individuals are valued. Students will be able to support themselves and others living together within a diverse society."

Key Stage 4

Course title and type of qualification: OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Health & SocialCare

What will I learn?

This course is designed for students who have an interest in health and social care and wish to develop skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within this sector. It will particularly appeal to students who are looking for a course that is practical in nature, in which they can develop their understanding of how to support themselves and individuals depending on their circumstances.

Unit R033: Supporting individuals through life events.

Students will analyse the life stages of an individual and understand how everyone’s life is different, and the factors that influence and affect life stages in varying ways. This will also involve interviewing an individual on unexpected or expected life events, and understanding how this individual has been affected by these life events physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and financially. Through this students may begin to have a deeper understanding of different life events and how people can be affected in a variety of ways. Students will then research and recommend how individuals can be supported by service providers and practitioners.

Unit R034: Creative and therapeutic activities.

Students will discover different creative activities and therapies for people and groups in health and social care settings which will encourage physical and mental well-being and provide stimulation and enjoyment to develop communication and social interaction skills. Students will experience learning about the different types of activities that address children, young people, adults and older adults. This will involve the students planning and delivering a creative activity suitable for a person or group, and then reviewing their session and making suitable suggestions for improvement. These creative activities may involve the students partaking in baking, gardening, physical activity, painting and much more. Students will also identify two different types of therapies that they will recommend for individuals in this setting to support them physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Unit R032: Principles of care in health and social care settings.

The focus of this unit is for students to examine the key aspects of working in health and social care settings. Students will learn about the ways of supporting service users’ rights and using effective communication skills so they can provide person-centred care. This will also involve learning ways of valuing diversity and providing equal opportunities to meet the needs of service users’. This unit also explores the measures and procedures that are needed to protect service users who use health and social care settings.

How will I be assessed?

Unit R033 & R034 are coursework based and are internally assessed; the coursework is worth 60% of the final mark.


Unit R032 is a written exam and is worth 40% of the final mark.

What could I move onto?

Health and SocialCare is a subject that enables students to gain the knowledge and understanding that will open up a range of career opportunities including childcare, teaching, midwifery, nursing, occupational health, dietician, paramedic, social work, mental health services, and counselling. Students will gain a better understanding of themselves and others and therefore this will prepare them for their future beyond Bishop Young.

Examination Board: OCR