Health & Social Care

Health and Social Care is taught as an option in Key Stage 4. This vocational qualification provides students with the skills necessary to continue their study at level 3 and beyond in Health and Social Care studies.

Exam board: OCR
Cambridge National Level 2 Certificate: Health and Social Care

How the course will be assessed

Two units will be assessed over one year, four units in total over two years. Teaching will consist of both formal and practical sessions. Assessment will be based on the completion of set tasks and assignments, which vary in quantity within the four different units. The grading criteria is Pass/Merit/ Distinction/Distinction * and these are clearly stated within set tasks and individual targets are set. The distinction grade depends on the quality of work in relation to the depth and description of focussed tasks. The unit ‘Essential values of care for use with individual care settings’ is assessed externally through a one-hour exam. All other units are internally assessed and finally moderated by an external moderator.

Course Content

Three coursework units and one exam unit will be studied over two years.

Coursework units

  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years setting – (Internally Assessed- 25% of the course).
  • Understanding development and protection of young children in early years setting. (Internally Assessed- 25% of the course).
  • Understanding nutrients needed for good health. (Internally Assessed- 25% of the course)

Examination Unit

  • Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings   – (Externally assessed – 25% of the course).


Homework is set weekly and involves short research tasks, activities to consolidate classwork and revision.

Future progression in this subject

On successful completion of the course students can progress onto Level 3 in Health and Social Care as well as the potential to progress onto higher education. Careers in a wide variety of Health and Social Care and Early years settings including, social work, carer, nurse, profession where you care for the elderly or vulnerable or individuals with additional needs.

Curriculum Map

KS4 Health and Social care curriclum map

Useful websites and publications