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Cambridge National in Health and Social Care Level 2 – GCSE Equivalent

This is a vocational subject for those interested in a career in the health and social care sector. Students will develop an understanding of the different types of care settings; they will also be able to explain the principles and values that underpin  care work. At the end of the course students will have an understanding of the wide range of job and careers that exist in the health, social care and early years sectors.

The students study 4 units over the course of two years. Three of the units are assessed through assignment work and one unit is externally assessed.  Students have the opportunity to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade in all of their assessments.

The units of study are:

Unit RO21: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

Unit RO22: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.

Unit RO28: Understanding the development and protection of young children in an early years setting.

Unit RO29: Understanding the nutrients needed for good health

During year 10 our students undertake a vocational placement.  This gives them the opportunity to put into practise the communication and practical skills they have acquired on the course. Our students are also able to witness first- hand how theory is put into practise. The work placements we have used include, Montessori nurseries, playgroups, nursery classes, Guy’s hospital kidney clinic, Age UK, Royal Brompton Hospital and Sheel Pharmacy.