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Health & Social Care at Oak Academy Understanding how care is provided in our society

Health & Social Care Teaching Staff

  • Mrs R Cummings


Why Health & Social Care is Important

Health & Social Care is a vocational course that helps students understand how care is provided in society across a range of sectors. It develops students’ empathic skills and fosters a sense of understanding and respect for others.


Teaching and Learning in Health & Social Care

The Cambridge National Level 1 and 2 qualifications in Health and Social Care are equivalent to one GCSE and is vocationally related qualification . This course provides students with an introduction to the world of Health and Social Care, allowing them to understand the principles of quality care in action. Students will explore a variety of aspects ranging from health specialist pathways, social care specialism and early years.

Students will also be given practical experience and will undertake taster sessions at both Elm Academy and a care environment.


Key Stage 4

The Cambridge National in Health & Social Care aims to equip students with both the practical skills and the knowledge behind working within this demanding spectrum of subjects. The course allows students to develop essential knowledge of the work place alongside transferable and personal skills.

During the course, students are expected to complete three pieces of externally moderated coursework as well as one external exam.

Coursework units include: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years  setting – Core Unit

Optional Units on Basic First and Understanding Child Development age 0 – 5 years

Exam Unit: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.

The exam is one hour long and involves both short and long answer questions.

Students starting the course in Year 9 will take the exam in the January of Year 10 with the option to retake in the Summer of Year 10.

Each of the three coursework units and the exam carry a weighting of 25% per unit towards the final grade, which is awarded at Pass, Merit and Distinction level.


GCSE Specifications

The link to the Cambridge National specification for Health & Social Care can be found below: