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Higham Lane School

Health & Social Care

CAMBRIDGE NATIONALS LEVEL 2 IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (VOCATIONAL) 

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What Will You Do? 
The Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a career in the health and social care sector. Through completing a range of assignments, you will explore issues relating to health and well being, human anatomy and development and individuals’ rights and needs.

How Will You Do It?

You will study for the Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care which consists of four different units: 

Unit 1: Essential Values of Care for Use with Individuals in Care Settings: This unit will help prepare you for a career in any area of health and social care. You will explore the care values that underpin current practice in health and social care and explore ways to promote choice and independence through care. 

Unit 2: Communicating and Working with Individuals in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings: In this unit you will investigate the different forms of communication which may be used in health and social care. You will learn how to use sign language, Braille, and Makaton. In addition to this you will explore the barriers to communication in care settings. 

Unit 3: Understanding Life Stages: In this unit you will develop a knowledge and understanding of different aspects of human growth and development across the main life stages. You will explore some of the different positive and negative influences which can affect development. This will help you understand and be able to work with people who use health and social care services more effectively. 

Unit 4: Understanding the Development and Protection of Young Children in an Early Years Setting: In this unit you will develop an understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of 0–5 year-olds in an early years setting. It will enable you to understand the importance of promoting a safe environment when working with children who are being looked after, and to understand the areas of risk that can endanger children’s lives in an early years setting. 

What Qualifications Can You Obtain?
Initially all students will study the Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care, which is equivalent to 1 GCSE at grades 9-4. Those students who make less than expected progress may, at their teacher’s discretion, study for the Cambridge Nationals Level 1 in Health and Social Care which is equivalent to 1 GCSE grades at 3-1. The qualification is assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. 

How Will Your Work Be Assessed? 
This course is mainly assessed by coursework. There is one externally-assessed unit (worth 25% of your final grade).  In order to pass each unit you will need to provide evidence of meeting the assessment criteria. This evidence may take the form of posters, essays, reports, records of presentations or role plays.

Please note that this information about the Cambridge Nationals course is based on the course we are currently teaching to our students.  We have recently been informed that this course is due to be re-written with students expected to sit an assessment at the end of the course (which is likely to be an exam) and which will be worth 40% of their final grade.

For further information about this course, please contact Miss Charles, Subject Leader for Social Sciences and Modern Ethics. 
 

 

 

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