Health & Social Care

Single Award

Examining Board OCR

This GCSE course is aimed in particular at students wishing to pursue a career in a health, social care or early years setting.


The course itself is divided into two units:

Unit 1 – Health, Social Care and Early Years provision

  • The different needs of all members of the community
  • Health, Social Care and Early Years organisations
  • The principles of care
  • Job roles in health, social care and early years

Unit 2 – Understanding personal development and relationships

  • Stages of human growth and development
  • Factors affecting growth and development
  • Self-concept
  • Relationships
  • Major life changes and sources of support

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


Unit 1             60% weighting                     Controlled Assessment

Unit 2            40%  weighting                     External Examination



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

Examples of appropriate employment to which a student might progress include : Nursery Nurse, Childminder, Care Assistant, Preschool/Nursery Assistant.  This GCSE could also 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 Subject