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The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma and Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care are work-related courses. You learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and activities. They will introduce you to the health and social care industry, and provide a good basis to go on to study the subject at Level 3 or go on to employment or apprenticeships in health and social care settings.

OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care is a full-time course and is equivalent to three GCSEs grade 4-9. You will study a variety of units, four of which are assessed through coursework with another two being examined.

OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is a full time course and is equivalent to two GCSEs 4-9. You will study for two coursework and two examined units. This smaller course will enable you to study a wider range of supporting GCSEs.

Course Content

You will study a variety of units:

Unit Title

Method of assessment

Principles of working in Health, Social Care and Childcare


Health and Safety in Practice


Working in a Person Centred Way




Working in Childcare Environments


Working with Children in Childcare Environments


Assessment and Placement/Work Experience

You will be set assignments which you will complete to agreed deadlines. Most units are assessed and graded internally by course teachers. Two units are examined. A Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* will be awarded when all units have been completed.

Compulsory Placement/Work Experience

You will undertake a one week work experience placement in a health and social care setting in December as part of the course. Every effort will be made to find a placement near to where the student lives, however students must be aware that they may also be required to use public transport to travel to the placement. 

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Students will be required to pay for a DBS check as most employers now require this, and provide documents such as a passport and utility bills. Students in receipt of bursary may not have to pay.

A New Way of Working

The course is taught by experienced and well-qualified staff. Emphasis will be on students taking responsibility for their own learning.  Monitoring and assessment of coursework is continual and students must work in their own time to complete assignments to agreed deadlines.


Students gaining Merit grades or above may be considered for the advanced course: Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 1 A-level) and the Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 2 A-levels).

OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care is valued when applying for jobs and apprenticeships.


Students are expected to provide their own memory stick to save and transport assignments. There may be travel costs involved for attending work experience. Students are expected to apply for a DBS check for placements, which may require a cost for a 3-year certificate, currently around £60. Students in receipt of bursary may not have to pay.

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