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The Cambridge National in health and social care will equip learners with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. It will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including values of care and the current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication skills to ensure individuals right to independence and dignity).

The course consists of four units, two of which are core and two optional, and all of which are weighted equally at 25% of the final mark.

Two core units:

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

This unit focuses on the rights of individuals and will instill the values of care to be used when working in a health and social care or early years environment. All good practice is based on these values and enables those who use and work in care settings to apply quality practice. The unit also provides an overview of legislation and its impact on the care settings and covers the hygiene, safety and security matters that relate to promoting a healthy and safe environment.

This unit is assessed by an external written examination in January. There will be a further opportunity to retake the written exam for this unit, in June, if required.

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years’ settings

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively and what personal qualities will contribute to the creation of a caring environment when working with individuals in a health, social care and early years setting.

This unit is internally assessed by controlled assessment.

Two optional units:

R027 - Creative activities to support individuals in health, social care and early year settings.

This unit is internally assessed by controlled assessment.

R029 - Understanding the nutrients needed for good health.

This unit is internally assessed by controlled assessment.  There will be a compulsory cooking session which will take place after school.  This will contribute to your final controlled assessment marks so it is essential that you attend; you will be offered a choice of dates on which to attend.