Health and Social Care

Students will learn about how aspects of sociology, psychology, biology and law are applied to make up the subject of Health and Social Care. Key to their study will be the ability to recognise that in the diverse society we live in there is an inherent need for the provision of care and education.

The Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care is an applied learning subject. This means that the subject is intimately linked with teaching students the relevance of their studies to actual job roles.

Students who have a genuine interest in the provision of care will choose Health and Social Care and ultimately go on to become professionals in a wide and diverse number of professions.



Assessment consists of both examination and coursework. Units taught are:

01 Essential values of care Examination  
02 Understanding life stages Coursework  
03 Understanding the nutrients needed for good health Coursework  


COMPONENT 1: Essential values of care

This mandatory unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instil the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early years environment. All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment. Many individuals who use services often feel vulnerable and are lacking in confidence. If staff are friendly in their approach, apply the values of good care and are supportive, as well as following the accepted procedures, those using the service will feel respected and assured that all is being done to promote their health and well-being. Studying this unit will enable the learner to understand how this is achieved. Learners will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding through the use of focused activities such as role-play, case studies and scenarios. The unit will prepare learners for the work place, enabling them to gain an understanding of how the values of care should be applied and how maintaining the rights of individuals will enable them to feel valued.


COMPONENT 2: Understanding life stages

You will also be learning some of the key techniques behind programming: how to express ideas in sequences of steps, how to approach solving problems and what the main tricks are to get your software code doing what you want. You will learn how to use algorithms to search and sort and how to write robust code. You will also discover about various testing methods to ensure programs are robust. This unit will be assessed through a written exam and is worth 50% of the GCSE.

COMPONENT 3: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health

This unit gives learners an overview of the importance of diet throughout the life stages, giving them the knowledge and skills to enable them to make choices which will affect their body throughout their lives. Food is essential to our health and social well-being, throughout our daily lives from birth to old age. What we eat is often determined by a considerable number of factors, such as work-life balance, finance, where we live, food preparation skills, our health and religion. On completion of this unit learners will have an understanding of the key nutrients required for good health from childhood to old age and be able to apply this knowledge in practical situations.



If you have any further questions, please speak to Mrs Cook.

You can also find more detailed information on the OCR website.

Cambridge Nationals - Health and Social Care Level 1/2 Award/Certificate - J801, J811 - OCR


Whether you want to be involved in treating patients directly, researching and developing new medical advancements, or working in vital administrative roles, here are just some of the health and social care areas in which you could find your calling.

  • Ambulance services
  • Care homes or hospices
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine (doctor, surgeon, GP)
  • Medical research
  • Customer care
  • Health clinics

Take a look at some of the jobs we've identified below that make use of Health and Social Care:


Yoga Instructor

Family Support Worker

Disability Nurse