Health & Social Care National Diploma

What is this subject and why should I study it?

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use. Tasks will engage students with the most demanding aspects 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 qualification design, including the range of units available, will allow students the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them as well as providing good opportunity to enhance their learning in a range of curriculum areas.

Course Content

Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

This unit focuses on the rights of individuals and instils the values of care to be used when working in a health, social care or early year’s environment.  Many individuals who use services often feel vulnerable and are lacking in confidence.

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

This unit will provide students 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 health, social care and early years settings.

Understanding body systems and disorders

The interaction of our body systems together with the structure and function they provide allow human beings to breathe and move, as well as taste, touch and smell the amazing world we live in.

Using basic first aid procedures

While this unit will not provide certification as a qualified first aider, it will enable students to know the basic actions that should be taken to ensure their safety at the scene of accidents and understand the actions, which may be taken for a range of injuries. Students will learn how to assess accidents in order to provide essential information for emergency services and will learn how to carry out basic first aid procedures on adults.

Understanding life stages

This unit will allow students to investigate the main life processes that will occur with each life stage: they will develop an awareness and understanding of the key events that may happen and the effects of these during the lifespan of an individual, helping to identify the need for additional support.

Planning for employment in health, social care and children and young people’s workforce

This unit is designed to enable students to plan and prepare for employment within health, social care and children and young people’s workforce roles. It will help them to identify the key attributes and skills needed, and to set some challenging individual goals for their development.

Understand the nutrients needed for good health

You are what you eat and good health is impacted by diet and nutrition. In this unit, students will find out about the dietary needs of individuals in different life stages and how to meet the needs of different conditions, including the function that nutrients play.  They will also learn about other factors that influence diet such as income, lifestyle or religion and understand the importance of hygiene in food preparation.  As part of their assessment, students will create a dietary plan for individuals with specific dietary needs and prepare an appropriate meal.

Research a project approach

This unit will allow students to develop their planning, research, presentation and analytical skills by undertaking a student-initiated project in the context of a health, social care or early years setting.

How is the course assessed?

Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings is assessed through a written paper the other units being assessed by UTC subject specialists and then moderated by OCR.