In keeping with the ethos of CPC, in HSC, we will provide students with an experience which is supportive but challenging, where students will be stretched to develop their skills and personal attributes so they can reach their full potential as students, professional workers and citizens. This is achieved through excellent supportive relationships with staff.


Ms T Daly (HOD)

Mrs U Kelly

Mrs S Hunter




Exam Board: OCR, Cambridge National Level 2 Certificate

This is a 2 year course, comprising 1 exam and 3 coursework units. Students sit the 1 hour exam in year 11. All 4 units are worth 25% of the total marks.

Year 11: Unit 1 – Essential values of care in care settings (exam)

               Unit 2 – Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and

                               early years settings (coursework)

Year 12: Unit 3 – Planning for employment (coursework)

               Unit 4 – Creative activities (coursework)


Post 16

Exam Board: EDEXCEL


Students study 6 Units at A Level comprising 2 exam and 4 coursework units.


AS:     Unit 1: Human Development (exam)

  • How individuals develop through life
  • How a range of genetic and environmental factors affect this development –
  • How health promotion can enable individuals to develop


Unit 2: Communication and Values (coursework)

  • Developing the verbal and non-verbal communication skills necessary for working with people in a health or social care or early years setting


Unit 3: Positive care Environments (coursework)

  • How organisations and their staff help to create a positive environment for people who use a care setting


A2:     Unit 7: Meeting Individual Needs (exam)

  • The organisation of health and social care in the UK
  • Responsibilities of organisations under current legislation
  • The care planning process
  • How the culture of the organisation is reflected in policies
  • How different professionals work together
  • Quality assurance measures


Unit 8: Promoting Health and Well-being (coursework)

  • Plan, carry out and evaluate a health promotion


Unit 9: Investigating Disease (coursework)

  • Research into two diseases. This could be Influenza, Measles, Malaria, Diabetes, Melanoma or Coronary Heart Disease.



  • Students are encouraged to volunteer in a care setting.  In previous years, some have gained valuable experience volunteering in Greenlight Gateway, reading schemes in local primary schools, Abbeyfield Fold, etc.


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