Course Title: OCR National Level 3 Certificate/ Diploma in Health, Social Care and Early Years
Level: Advanced/Level 3
Duration: 2 Years
The OCR National Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Health, Social Care and Early Years is a general advanced two year course that can offer students different options in terms of career progression and employment routes. The course combines the academic study of areas relevant to health, social care and early years provision in the UK with more practical aspects such as basic First Aid. It would be of particular interest to students wishing to follow a career in the health, care or early years services, but the course is broad enough to complement other A Levels and to provide a good base for more general courses in higher education
Units of study
Students can choose two modes of study comprising six or twelve units depending upon other qualifications chosen.
National Certificate - there are six units of study required to achieve this qualification.
National Diploma – there are twelve units of study required to achieve this qualification.
All students will complete the four mandatory or compulsory units, and there will be a range of optional units available. The units are vocationally relevant and can include areas such as mental health awareness, anatomy and physiology, health education and promotion, and child development.
Assessment is continuous through coursework. There are no externally examined units. A variety of methods will be used including presentations, reports, displays, practical tasks, promotions etc. While there is no work experience with the course, there will be visits to care settings in the local area to help with assessment and to help students to link theory to practice.
Skills and attributes needed by students to achieve success
- The ability to research independently and in groups. Students will also need to be able to organise and present their findings.
- The ability to evaluate and interpret data in a practical context and to draw conclusions.
- To communicate clearly orally and in writing.
- To work in a team and solve problems
- To organise themselves to meet work schedules and submission dates.
Students may use the qualification as a stepping stone to further training in the workplace, for example, to train as a health care assistant in a hospital setting, or perhaps as trainee assistants in other health areas such as pharmacy technician or occupational therapy assistant, teaching or care assistant. The qualification can also offer opportunities in higher education. For example, to apply to university for nurse/midwifery training (diploma or degree), degrees in social work or education, or other general degrees.
4 GCSE passes at grade C or above
Achievement at Merit for Level 2 courses e.g. GNVQ, BTEC First Certificate/Diploma, OCR National Level 2.
Other qualifications will be considered at interview.