Health and Social Care: Extended Certificate
Examination Board: OCR Cambridge Technicals
Introduction and Structure
Equivalent to one A-level, this course covers the areas which are essential to health and social care and would be suitable for students considering a career in many avenues including, but not exclusive to, paediatrics and midwifery.
This specification introduces students to key concepts and a body of knowledge that will provide them with an invaluable and thoughtful perspective on contemporary issues in health and social care. It complements other A-level studies and equips students with skills needed for higher education and the world of work. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace. They will develop professional and personal skills as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding. Students will consider the real impact (social, financial, psychological) to people living with conditions or illnesses, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment. They will also learn about legislation and guidance supporting health and social care.
Careers and Progression
Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points. Career options include childcare, child development, occupational therapy, nursing, paediatrics, midwifery, social work, teaching, police officer, probation officer, medicine, paramedics, health visitor, mental health, counselling.
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths
Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English and maths
Recommended: Grade 5 in science