Health and Social Care OCR Cambridge National Diploma Level 1/2 (240glh)

The main aim of this Health and Social Care Level 1/2 diploma is to provide a strong study programme in the Health and Social Care sector, offering depth and breadth of knowledge whilst encouraging you to become independent and creative learners. The range of units available will allow you the freedom to explore more deeply, the things that interest you.

This is a Level 1/2 course and is the equivalent of 2 GCSE’s and is marked as Pass, Merit or Distinction. The grading for the course overall is: Level 1 Pass (F/G grade), Level 1 Merit (E grade), Level 1 Distinction (D grade), Level 2 Pass (C grade), Level 2 Merit (B Grade), Level 2 Distinction (A grade) and Level 2 Distinction* (A* grade. This course covers therefore all GCES grades from F/G to an A*.

This is a one-year, full time course, made up of 8 units; 2 mandatory units and 6 optional units. 7 units are internally assessed and 1 is externally assessed which means the course is structured as 87.5% internal assessment.

Mandatory units:

  • Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings (external assessment)
  • Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings (internal assessment)

Optional units:

  • Understanding body systems and disorders (internal assessment)
  • Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early years (internal assessment)
  • Using basic first aid procedures (internal assessment)

You will also have resit English and/or Maths added to your timetable if you have not achieved a C grade equivalent/ Level 4 or above.

Attendance: Full time – one year

Start date: September 2017

Course lecturers: Our lecturers have vocational experience in the relevant sectors and are qualified at degree and post-graduate level.

Our facilities: Our classrooms are built to provide a practical and unique learning experience

Kit required: All students will require our health and social care uniform.

To progress onto the Level 3 Extended diploma in Health & Social Care, you will need to achieve a minimum of a Level 2 Pass and have English and Maths at an equivalent C grade/Level 4. You must also have a good attendance rate to be accepted onto this course.

Students who have studied the Level 3 course have gone on to further study at university and progressed to careers in: Nursing, Midwifery, Emergency Services, Teaching, Social Work, Youth and Community Support.

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Studying body systems


 Meet your lecturer

Kate Williams, Health and Social Care lecturer

Kate is the Maltings College’s lecturer for Health and Social Care, leading this challenging and rewarding course. With a degree in Psychology and Counselling and a qualified teacher, Kate has extensive experience of helping students to excel in the Health and Social Care Sector and has been recognised for delivering exceptional results by visiting assessors. Kate uses her skills and knowledge to support young people, including ‘mindfulness’ techniques and support for careers planning – particularly important for Health and Social Care which can open a range of doors. As part of this, she is committed to her Continuous Professional Development (CPD) which has recently included a visit to an NHS hospital to shadow Matrons at work, to support teaching in the classroom and careers advice.