Health & Social Care (Double Award)


The Diploma is equivalent to two A levels. It is for students who have a passion for the subject and what to pursue a career in caring. Students opting for the Diploma, must also take the Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care as one of their options in Year 12. Students taking the Diploma will complete a total of six units in Year 12 and a further six in year 13. Overall 50% of the marks are from externally set and marked exams and 50% from internally assessed coursework. The OCR Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points,



Unit 4: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

(Written exam 2 hours)

This unit aims to introduce students to the basic structure and functions of the body systems involved in everyday activities and maintenance of health, including cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems. They will also understand the part played by organs such as the pancreas, liver and kidney. They’ll investigate the systems and organs involved in detecting and responding to change such as the nervous system as well as the eyes and ears.

Unfortunately, things do go wrong and each system has well-known diseases and disorders. Also as individuals grow older, they are likely to be affected by malfunctions as a result of degeneration. Some of these will simply be inconvenient; others will be life changers. Students will understand the effects on individuals and what has to be

done on a daily basis to enable them to lead as full and independent life as possible.


Unit 5: Infection Control

(Internally Assessed)

The human body is constantly exposed to vast amounts of germs, micro-organisms and disease. Infection control is of paramount importance in settings such as hospitals and residential homes, but equally it must be maintained when care is provided in other settings. In this unit your students will learn about the importance of infection control, be introduced to methods that help to prevent the spread of infection, all of this will enable them to apply this in the workplace.


Unit 6: Personalisation and a Person-Centred Approach to Care

(1 hour 30 mins written exam)

Since 2008 the Government’s approach to care provision has been one of “Personalised Care”. This is an exciting as well as a challenging time, as this approach seeks to empower individuals and allow choice and control over the shape of their support within all care settings. It aims to provide payments to individuals so they can access the care and support they need. This unit gives your students the opportunity to study what personalisation is and how it should work in practice.




Health and Social Care is an excellent preparation for anyone considering higher education at degree or diploma level in a wide range of related courses such as Nursing, Social Policy, Social Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Childcare, Paediatrics, Midwifery, Social Work, Police Officer, Probation Officer, YOTs, Paramedics, Health Visitor, Counselling  and Teaching. Alternatively, students may move directly into employment where they may continue to gain qualifications.



Students who study this subject will normally achieve 9-4 grades in a range of subjects including a grade 4 in English. Previous knowledge of Health and Social Care is not required.