Health and Social Care OCR

What do I need to study the course?


The course is particularly suitable for people who have studied Health & Social Care GCSE or who have an interest in a career in the industry. This course is designed to enable a range of students to continue their study of Health & Social care beyond GCSE. It can be taken alongside other BTEC subjects or A-levels and is the equivalent of one A-level.


In order to study AS Level Health and Social Care students should:

  • Have at least 4 GCSEs at grades A*- C, ideally to include English.
  • Understand that in the case of each qualification offered assessment is a mixture of centre assessed units and examinations.
  • Have a genuine interest in the subject content
  • Have the motivation to work hard independently.


What does the course involve?

There are 2 options available:

  • Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care:  1 year course, equivalent to an AS level
  • Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care: 2 year course, equivalent to an A2 level.


The units of study for the technical certificate are

  • Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care (internally assessed)
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care  (Examination)
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care  (Examination)


The units of study for the Technical Extended Certificate are

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (Examination)
  • Two Optional Units chosen from a list (the option will be chosen by staff, not individuals!)


What next?

The course will provide students with the opportunity to consider career opportunities in:

Childcare, Nursing, Paediatrics, Midwifery, Social work, Teaching/similar careers, Police Officer, Probation Officer/Youth Offending Team,  Medicine, Paramedic, Health Visitor, Mental Health, Counselling.

Links & Resources

Abbey Multi Academy Trust,

c/o Chapter House,

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy,

Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 257877

Bishop Young Academy

Bishops Way



LS14 6NU


Tel: 0113 273 9100  Fax: 0113 273 4216

Company No.: 07705552