Health & Social Care (Vocational)

Mrs. S. Stroud

Head of Department



Examining Board OCR 

This Level 2 course is aimed in particular at students wishing to pursue a career in a health or social care setting.  

The course itself is divided into four units: 

Unit 1 Essential Values of Care 

  • Human Rights 
  • Care Values 
  • Legislation 
  • Health and Safety 

Unit 2 Communicating in Health and Social Care Settings 

  • How to Communicate Effectively 
  • Personal Qualities 
  • Communication in Health and Social Care Settings 

Unit 3            Understanding Life Stages 

  • Stages of Human Development  
  • The Ageing Process 
  • Medical Conditions 
  • Support Plans

Unit 4            Understanding the Nutrients Needed for Good Health 

  • Dietary Needs of Individuals in Different Life Stages 
  • Creating Dietary Plans for Specific Needs 
  • Producing Nutritional Meals 

Due to the vocational nature of this course students will be actively involved in visits to a range of local care settings including health care and social care environments. It will also involve practical investigations and activities into the wide range of job opportunities within the health and social care sectors. 


Unit 1 25weightingExternal Examination 

Unit 2           25% weightingInternally assessed 

Unit 3            25% weighting                    Internally assessed 

Unit 4            25% weighting                    Internally assessed


This qualification is ideal for students who want a broad background in the health and social care sector. Upon completion it will enable students to progress to further education, apprenticeship, training or employment. It provides a suitable basis for further study in this subject or another related subject e.g. Level 3 Cambridge Technical Health and Social Care, CACHE or Diplomas. 

This Qualification could contribute towards meeting the necessary entry requirements for qualifications and training in nursing and professions such as occupational therapy, social work, teaching, physiotherapy and other health or social care related employment.   

Contact:Mrs. S. Stroud – Head of Health & Social Care  

Careers In Health and Social Care

There is a wide range of jobs available in this sector.  Recruitment opportunities into careers in Health and Social Care is high.

There are 3 main types of care settings within which you can progress.  These are health care, social care and early years/ children’s care.  Here are some ideas of different care settings and within each of these there are many types of career opportunities for example there are over 600 job roles within health care:

Health care settings eg GP, Practice Nurse, Phlebotomist, Dentist, Dental Technician, Nurse, Midwife, Surgeon, Consultant, Radiographer, Paramedic, Pharmacist, Optician.

Social care settings eg Residential Home Care worker, Domiciliary worker, Social worker, Probation Officer.

Early years care settings eg teacher, TA, play worker, Childminder, Nursery assistant

Labour Market Information – LMI

It is really useful to look at the labour market when considering a career in health and social care.  This sector is a growth area in terms of employment opportunities.  The coronavirus pandemic brought into focus just how much we rely on both the clinical and non-clinical workers in the healthcare sector. Our NHS is the country’s largest employer with 1.7 million staff, making it the 5th biggest employer in the world.

The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable LMI information – see link below:

Learning Pathways

There is a higher and growing employment demand in the sector in Dorset and this has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dorset’s demographic profile, with its more aged population, means a higher proportion of local people are working in health and social care (16% compared to 13% across England) and this is set to create a variety of interesting and rewarding opportunities within the sector.

Health and Social Care offers roles and career progression at all levels:

Level 2 – this is equivalent to GCSE level and many employers will accept students with level 2 qualifications – once started practitioners will have opportunities to make progress and gain qualifications in the work place

Post 16 – Level 3 – this is equivalent to A levels and individuals can enter employment with level 3 qualifications or continue to develop by studying level 4.  T level in Health will also be introduced.

Level 4 – this is equivalent to a Bachelors degree (first degree) – Many Universities offer degrees in Health and Social Care. 

Apprenticeships – these are available from Level 2 onwards.