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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above (including English Language) of which only one can be a Level 2 vocational qualification (e.g. BTEC/OCR) at Pass grade or above.



Exam board: OCR

100%pass rate (2018) with 96% gaining Distinction or Distinction * grades

The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care is a practical, work-related course. 

The OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma and 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 work 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 9-4. You will study a variety of units, four of which are assessed through coursework with another two being examined.

OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate is a full time course and is equivalent to two GCSE’s 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 GCSE’s. 

Course Content

You will study a variety of smaller and larger units to a total of 60 credits including units on:

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 Individuals in Child Care Environments



You will be set assignments which you will complete to agreed deadlines. Coursework units are assessed and graded internally by course teachers.  

There are two examined units which are taken in January with a resit opportunity in May. Grading for both examined units and coursework units is Pass, Merit or Distinction. The overall qualification will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* once all units have been completed.

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. 

Methods of Teaching and Learning 

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. Retrieval practice tests and mocks for the examined units help to prepare for the two exams.


Students gaining Merit grades or above may be considered for the advanced course: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care.

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

Past students talk about their experiences on the Health & Social Care Course

Additional Costs

You will be expected to provide your own memory stick to save and transport assignments. There may be travel costs involved for attending work experience. Some placements may require a DBS check at a cost of approximately  £50. This cost may be considered on a placement by placement and student by student basis. Our primary aim is to place students in meaningful and appropriate work places. 

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.

Further information

Students or parents requiring any further details are most welcome to contact Alexis Scourfield, Leader of Level 2 Health and Social Care ( .

This course would form part of your Access to Level 3 Programme – click here to find out more.