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OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate (Level 3) (Equivalent to 0.5 A Level)
Extended Certificate (Level 3) (Equivalent to one A Level)
What does the course involve?
The certificate is an applied general qualification which means it is equivalent to half an A Level. The course will give you an introduction to the health and social care sector and can support other vocational and academic qualifications. You will study three mandatory units:
Building positive relationships in health and social care (coursework)
Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (exam)
Health, safety and security in health and social care (exam)
The extended certificate is equivalent to a full A Level and in addition to the above three units you will study:
Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (exam)
Nutrition for health (coursework)
Infection control (coursework)
The course will give you an understanding of health and social care in the wider context of different environments and settings where care takes place, the importance of effective communication in health and social care, the importance of legislation in health and social care and how to deliver a person-centred approach in the care given. You will also be taught transferable skills such as communication, research, planning and organisation. Role play is often used to enhance learning. Learning is supported through the use of a virtual learning environment known as Moodle which will allow you to independently access any resources relevant to your studies. This will also help you to prepare for studies in higher education.
You should have five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above; these should include maths, English language and science. Functional skills Level 2 will be considered. It would also be useful if you have completed an OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care, or an OCR Level 1 or 2 Cambridge National in Health and Social Care.
Certificate: One third will be coursework and two thirds exam extended certificate: 50 per cent coursework and 50 per cent exam
One year for the certificate and two years for extended certificate
Where will it take me?
Most students progress to higher education, often studying health and social care-related programmes such as nursing, social work, early childhood studies or special educational needs teaching.
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