Health and Social Care

Welcome to Health and Social Care!

H&SC   Picture 2Health and Social Care is one of the Applied Learning options available to students from Year 12 Despite misconceptions, Health and Social Care is not just for students who have aspirations of working in the Health Services. The emphasis of the core units are to encourage the application of theory and information to the practicalities of everyday working life. The range of topics covered include many of the essential themes in employment: Communication Skills, Health and Safety, Diversity and Equality of Opportunities.

The programme is enhanced by investigation of human anatomy and physiology, with human holistic health and development as an optional unit, which has a focus on well-being through aspects of Health, Health Promotion, Life events and relationships.

The OCR Cambridge Technicals (2016) course therefore provides students with a background of essential skills for their future careers and lives in society.

The Applied Vocational curriculum has proved to be accessible to many students and provides an alternative strategy of learning, through coursework and examinations. The introduction of the examinations was to ensure the qualifications are as robust as other core A Levels and students have approached these effectively. However, there remains a significant opportunity to develop learning skills that are suitable and essential for Undergraduate study. Through the course, students are encouraged to gain skills in research and the use of the information found, which leads to the application of the key topics to current practices. Initially the focus is on health and social care settings, however, the application of the core topics can be transferred to many other working environments.

Although not compulsory, students following the Level 3 programme would gain significant benefit from a placement in a care setting at some point in the course. The programmes at Level 3 gain UCAS points equivalent to A Levels.

At the end of this course it is our vision that each student will:

  • think and act as an independent learner
  • increase skills in the assessment and analysis of information
  • have skills to manage their own workload and meet deadlines
  • develop efficient skills in research
  • select and create evidence from information to meet specific requirements
  • apply legislation and know information to every-day working environments
  • develop effective communication skills


Our Curriculum

Key Stage 5 Curriculum: OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care

A two-year course that is equivalent to one A LevelH&SC   Picture 1

Students have five lessons each week for this programme, plus an expectation of homework as directed.

The focus of knowledge and skills development, stated below can be applied to many career choices:

  • How to communicate effectively
  • Equality and Anti-discriminatory practices
  • Health and Safety in the work environment
  • Implementation of legislation in work environments
  • The application of care values
  • Anatomy and physiology of the Human Body


The programme is excellent in the development of skills in researching information and the use of that research. The focus throughout the programme is the application of formal knowledge and research to care environments for the benefit of the clients or care users, and the care workers.

All units of work are based on current legislation can also be applied to many other occupational or employment environments, which  gives the students a sound understanding of the laws that impact on their future working lives.

The OCR Applied Learning programme is subject to External Standards Moderation before the exam board awards the results.               

Mandatory Units:

1 - Developing Positive Relationships

2 - Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care

3 - Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care

4 - Anatomy & Physiology for Health and Social Care

Three Optional Units from a range of possibilities:

5 - Infection Control

10 - Nutrition for Health

13 - Sexual health, reproduction and Early Year's development stages

14 - The impact of long-term physiological conditions

16 - Supporting people with mental health conditions

22 - Psychology conditions for health and social care

23 - Sociology for health and social care

24 - Public Health


There are two methods of assessment:

1. Externally set and marked tests:

Externally set written papers assess three units of the course

  • Written papers of 1½ hours to 2 hours, which consists of a mixture of short and long answer questions
  • Unit 3 and Unit 2 x 1½ hours each
  • Unit 4 x 2 hours
    • Exams are scheduled in January and May of each year
    • Current rules allow students three opportunities for these exams.

2. Course work evidence to meet a set of assignment tasks: I am Cheam certificate_aspirational

  • Three units of course work to complete. Typical tasks include:
    • Creating display work of leaflets
    • Video recording of presentations or interactions with written reviews
    • Investigation and research for oral and visual presentations
    • Written accounts which analyse or evaluate the application theory
  • Course work is internally marked and moderated
  • An External Moderator from OCR, the examinations board, also moderate completed units of course work. 


The work is challenging; however, we aim to support students to develop their skills in:

  • time and workload management
  • research and the use of found information
  • review, evaluation and analysis of evidence all of which are essential skills to acquire before transition to University.



All KS5 OCR Cambridge Technical coursework is marked and returned after assessment and students are provided with good feedback and clear guidance to develop their work, in accordance with the regulations of the Exam board.

Sixth form students have access to a document on the School network that allows them to track their progress.

There is always at least one designated support session each week when students can meet a member of the department team for guidance with their work or managing their workload. This is detailed in the extra-curricular booklets and advertised in school.

However, our teachers are always happy to arrange to meet individual students at mutually agreed times, any time throughout the school day.

Any student who is not meeting deadlines or appears to need support will be required to arrange time with the staff to allow us to guide their progression and completion of the course.

Students have five lessons a week for this programme, plus an expectation of homework to be completed as set, averaging 90 minutes a week.

The programme is designed for any student who is considering a career that involves working with people. The topics in the programme are applied in care settings; however, many can be applied to other professions and fields of work. 

Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

Virtual Babies

number of years ago the Local Authority organised a scheme where schools could loan the Virtual Babies for students to care for. The initiative was introduced to give individuals an awareness of the responsibilities of caring for a baby and reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Sutton and although this initiative is no longer a primary focus for the Health Authority, we are pleased to have our own 'babies' and can still offer this opportunity to our students.  

Over the past 14 years, many of our students in Year 10, and some in Year 12, have cared for a Virtual Baby over a weekend. These experiences have given an insight into the ‘joys’ of parenthood.

First Aid

ResusitationThe Saving Londoners' Lives programme has now finished, but we are still able to offer training in First Aid in our curriculum and we are actively seeking ways to offer a certified course to students.