OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Health and Social Care

Key Stage 4

OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Health and Social Care

Why is the study of Health and Social Care important? 


Health and Social Care promotes the understanding of many important issues faced within today’s health and social care systems. It is an academic subject that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for further study and work in the health, social care and early years sectors. Health and Social Care at Sirius Academy West covers key areas such as legislation, care values, effective communication, barriers that people in society may face, major life changes and their effects on people’s self-esteem.

About 3 million people work in health and social care in the UK. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrators. Together, they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs available in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise as people live longer lives. Therefore, Health and Social Care will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.

Health and Social Care students at Sirius Academy West benefit from a wide variety of opportunities in Health and Social Care in Hull. Hull University offer courses in nursing, social work and most care related degrees. There are two main hospitals in Hull, Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital and many providers of health services and social care services. Students are able to benefit from examples of outstanding care in their community. Labour market information shows health and social care as a growth sector in Hull.

Health and Social Care involves learning key skills that will help with everyday life and caring for others. The key skills in Health and Social Care are; effective communication, first aid, health and wellbeing, understanding legislation. Health and social care is an academic subject with a strong practical element.

Everyone should know basic first aid and be able to perform basic life saving techniques. This an important theme of Health and Social Care and is taught to every person taking this course. The skills of effective communication are also studied in great depth and students learn techniques to help them become more effective listeners and communicators. This is a skill that is vital in all parts of everyday life and will support students in other subjects.

Health and Social Care Learning Journey – VIEW

  • What will the study of Health and Social Care teach you? 


    • Learning Outcome 1: Understand how to support individuals to maintain their rights
    • Learning Outcome 2: Understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied
    • Learning Outcome 3: Understand how legislation impacts on care settings
    • Learning Outcome 4: Understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals



    • Learning Outcome 1: Understand how to communicate effectively
    • Learning Outcome 2: Understand the personal qualities that contribute to effective care
    • Learning Outcome 3: Be able to communicate effectively within a health, social care and early years setting



    • Learning Outcome 1: Know how body systems work
    • Learning Outcome 2: Understand disorders that affect body systems
    • Learning Outcome 3: Be able to interpret data obtained from measuring body rates with reference to the functioning of healthy body systems



    • Learning Outcome 1: Be able to assess scenes of accidents to identify risks and continuing dangers
    • Learning Outcome 2: Understand the first aid procedures for a range of injuries
    • Learning Outcome 3: Be able to apply basic first aid procedures



  • How the Health and Social Care curriculum is be implemented?

    In Health and Social Care we teach both theory and practical elements of study. Students will learn about the theories and legislations of Health and social care and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills. The OCR course is made up of 4 sections, each worth 25% of the final mark. RO21 is the examined unit of work looking at rights, values, legislation and safety in Health and social care settings. This is taken in May of year 10. RO22 is the compulsory coursework unit looking at effective communication, including verbal, non verbal, specialist and written communication and the barriers in Health and Social Care. This is followed by 2 additional coursework units. We study RO23 body systems and their disorders and RO31 First Aid.

    Students are supported as individuals with support put in place for students as needed. Students are all provided with revision guides for the examined unit.

  • How can Health and Social Care support your future?

    Health and Social Care is useful in any caring role. Common careers leading from Health and Social Care include, nursing, teaching, care work, nursery nurse, paramedic, midwife, physiotherapist, disability carer.

    OCR Health and Social Care can be studied at Level 2 in KS4 and taken further at Level 3 in KS5. Students often go on to study nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and early years teaching at University.

Student Testimonial


Health and Social care has given me the skills I need to cope with academic or vocational courses in the future.  I have developed skills and knowledge important for many careers and I have developed confidence ineffective communication and essay writing skills.” 

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