Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

EXAMINATION BOARD
OCR

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
This qualification is designed for learners who want to work in a career where they care for others; Health Care, the NHS, Care Home, Nurseries, or with people with disabilities. It will help you to develop a wider understanding of the services and professionals in these areas.

The course combines practical activities with theory, as well as visits and presentations from employers about their sector of Health and Social Care.

The Extended Certificate takes 360 guided learning hours to deliver. This means it’s a similar size to an A level. This gives learners the flexibility to take other qualifications, whether vocational or academic, in preparation for further study in the sector.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Normally a grade 4 or above in GCSE English, but students may be considered at the discretion of the department

YOU WILL STUDY
Learners will take four compulsory units to achieve this qualification. These are:
• Building Positives Relationships in Health and Social Care.
• Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care.
• Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care.
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care.

These compulsory units will give learners an understanding of Health and Social Care in the wider context of different environments, and will reinforce the importance of effective communication and legislation within this sector.

In addition, students will take two optional units. A list of the available units is on the OCR website, but the school will confirm which options will be available before the start of the course.

All units assist in the development of transferable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.

ASSESSMENT
The Extended Certificate is assessed using a combination of:
• external assessment, which the exam board set and mark, and
• internal assessment, where the teacher assesses the learners’ work and the exam board externally moderate it.

Every unit achieved will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* structure.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Achievement of this qualification can support progression to go on and study relevant Health and Social degrees in a Higher Education institution, or to enter a Health and Social Care related profession.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
A good level of literacy and numeracy skills is expected.