Health and social care

Health and social care

Cambridge Nationals Health and Social care Cambridge Nationals are vocational qualifications at Level 1/2.
This qualification introduces students to the biggest employment sector in the UK, which includes elements of the NHS, local authority adult and child care services as well as a range of independent providers which provide care in a variety of settings. It introduces students to this vocational sector and the role it plays in the health, well-being and care of individuals across all age ranges.
At certificate size, this qualification has two mandatory units and a choice of optional units. The externally assessed unit contributes 25% of the marks at this size.

The Qualification is split into 4 units  

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings Written paper 1 hour. 

The focus of recruitment to the health and social care sector values. Applicants must demonstrate they can apply values in their professional practice. This unit introduces students to these core values and the rights of individuals accessing health and social care services. It also introduces some of the legislation that students should be aware of and ways in which individuals that use services are protected.  

R022: Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings. Centre assessed task, OCR moderated. 

 Communication is an essential skill for all individuals working in health, social care or child care/early years settings. Developing their communication skills will enable students to understand how to work effectively with individuals in these settings. Students will be introduced to a range of different communication methods and factors that affect communication. They will also explore the impact of personal qualities that contribute to the delivery of effective care, such as patience, empathy and respect. This unit is assessed through an assignment in which students must not only explain communication techniques to others, but demonstrate these in action.  

R023: Understanding body systems. Centre assessed task, OCR moderated.   

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of three major body systems: respiratory, digestive and cardiovascular. Through this unit learners will have gained the knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of three body systems and three separate illnesses that may affect these systems. On completion of this unit learners will have developed their knowledge and understanding of the importance of the systems, structure, function and disorders that can affect the individual within health, social care and early years settings. They will be able to measure and interpret data obtained from various relevant body functions. 

R025: Understanding life stages. Centre assessed task, OCR moderated  

Students will need to understand the stages of development experienced by individuals in the transition from young person to adult and into old age. They will learn about some medical conditions and the effect these have on health and wellbeing. As part of the assessment, they will create support plans for individuals. 

Curriculum information









LO1 Understand how to communicate effectively 

LO2 Understand the personal qualities that contribute to effective care 

LO3 Be able to communicate effectively within a health, social care and early years setting 



LO3 Be able to communicate effectively within a health, social care and early years setting 


LO1 Understand the stages of development from young people to adulthood 

LO2  Understand the ageing process in older adulthood 


LO3 Know which medical conditions may affect progress through the life stages 


Be able to create support plans 




Understand how to support individuals to maintain their rights 


Understand the importance of the values of care and how they are applied 

Understand how legislation impacts on care settings 


Understand how personal hygiene, safety and security measures protect individuals 

RO21 revision  


The course offers me a good understanding of people.
Year 11 student
I want to work with children when I am older and health and social care is giving me a better understanding of what children need to help them grow and what I can do to help them develop.
Year 10 student