OCR Level 4 NVQ Health & Social Care

Both the structure of this NVQ and the standards (units) from which it has been designed have been approved by the Qualification and curriculum Authority (QCA). Your awarding body for this NVQ is Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations Board (OCR), QCA has accredited this NVQ and the accreditation number is shown below;

OCR Level 4 NVQ in Health and social Care 100/4926/5 (QCA accreditation number).

This qualification has 2 specialist routes. These routes have been developed to allow candidates to demonstrate competence in specializations that relate to the context of their work role. Registration must be made against the appropriate specialist route scheme code:

OCR Level 4 NVQ in Health and Social Care (Adults)

The OCR scheme code for this qualification is 05548

OCR Level 4 NVQ in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)

The OCR scheme code for this qualification is 05549

Structure Of NVQ

To achieve a full OCR Level 4 NVQ in Health and Social Care, candidate must achieve 8 units made up of 4 Core units (Including the choice of specialist route) and 4 Optional units.

There are two qualification routes:

1. The OCR Level 4 in NVQ in Health and social Care(Adults)

2. The OCR Level 4 in NVQ in Health and social Care (Children and Young People)

Candidates can also undertake additional units, although these are not required to complete the qualification.

Core units

UNIT 41 – use and develop methods and systems to communicate record and report

UNIT 42 – contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy and state practices in the working environment.

UNIT 43 – Take responsibility for the continuing professional development of self and others

Two Qualification Routs


Children and Young People Route

UNIT 44 – Develop practice which promotes the involvement, well and protection of children and young people.


Adults Routes

UNIT 45 – Develop practices which promote choice, well-being and protection of all individuals.

Optional units: (Select 4 units from any of the optional groups)

Children and Young People Route

Unit 46 – Independently represent and advocate with, and of behalf of, children and young people

Unit 47 – Help parents and careers to acquire and use skills to protect and take care of children and young people.

Unit 48 – Demonstrate a style of leadership that ensures and organizational culture of open and open and participatory management and practice.

Unit 49 – Develop and maintain an environment which safeguards and protects children and young people.

Adult Route Optional Units

UNIT 410 – Advocate with and on behalf of, individuals, families, carrers, groups and communities.

UNIT 411 – Manage a service which achieves the best possible outcomes for the individual.

UNIT 412 – Ensure individuals and groups are supported appropriately when experiencing significant life events and transitions.

Generic Optional Units

UNIT 413 – Manage requests for health and care services.

UNIT 414 – Asses individuals needs and preferences

UNIT 415 – Produce, evaluate and amend service delivery plans to meet individual needs and preferences.

UNIT 416 – Develop, implement and review care plans with individuals.

UNIT 417 – Asses individuals mental health and related needs.

UNIT 418 – Work with individuals with mental health needs, to negotiate and agree plans for addressing those needs

UNIT 419 – provide advice and information to those who enquire about mental health needs and related services.

UNIT 420 – Promote leisure opportunities and activities for individuals.

UNIT 421 – Promote the employment, training and education opportunities for individuals

UNIT 422 – Promote housing opportunities for individuals.

UNIT 423 – Assist individuals at formal hearings.

UNIT 424 – Supervise methadone consumption

UNIT 425 – support people who are providing homes for individuals and /or children and young people

UNIT 426 – Empower families, carers and others to support individuals

UNIT 427 – Asses the needs of carers and families.

UNIT 428 – Develop, implement and review programmes of support for carers and families

UNIT 429 – Work with groups to promote individual growth, development and independence

UNIT 430 – Support the protection of individuals, key people and others

UNIT 431 – Support individuals where abuse has been disclosed

UNIT 432 – Enable families to address issues with individuals’ behavior

UNIT 433 – Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness

UNIT 434 – Maintain and manage records and reports.

UNIT 435 – Manage the development and direction of the provision

UNIT 436- Promote and manage a quality provision

UNIT 437 – Promote your organization and its services to stakeholders

UNIT 438 – Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and social well-being

UNIT 439 – Contribute to the development of organizational Policy and practice

UNIT 440 – Support effective governance

UNIT 441- Invite tenders and award contractors

UNIT 442 – Monitor and evaluate the quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness if substance misuses services.

UNIT 443 – Procure services for individuals

UNIT 444 – Contribute the selection, recruitment and retention of staff to develop a quality service

UNIT 445 – Recruit and place volunteers

UNIT 446 – Manage a dispersed workforce to meet the needs and preferences of individuals at home

UNIT 447 – Represent the agency in courts and formal hearings

UNIT 448 – Provide and obtain information at courts and formal hearings

UNIT 449 – Represent one’s own agency at other agencies meetings

UNIT 450 – Develop risk management plans to support individual’s independence and daily ling within their home

UNIT 451 – Lead teams to support a quality provision

Additional Unit for both routes

UNIT 452 – contribute to the development, maintenance and evaluation of systems to promote the rights, responsibilities, equality and diversity of individuals

Each unit contains a brief summary of the unit of contents and element titles and the values that underpin the whole unit.

  • Key words and concepts, scope
  • Performance criteria, this details what tasks and activities the candidate must demonstrate their performance against.
  • Knowledge and understanding, what you need to know and understand
  • Evidence requirements specifies the amount and possible type of evidence needed to show competence

Delivery of NVQ

Assessment Centre

Any organization, whether it is a place of employment, college or private training organization can be approved to offer these qualifications as long as it meets the criteria set out in the OCR publication National Vocational Qualifications and Other Verified Qualifications-Centre Guidance (reference code L526). This includes being able to provide suitable assessors and internal verifiers. Once approved, an assessment centre will register candidates for the NVQ and allocate each candidate an assessor or assessors.


The trainer will develop a candidate’s knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the NVQ that is being undertaken.

Trainers will;

1. Provide opportunities for learning

2. Provide ongoing mentoring to the candidate, including review and feedback on learning experiences and development of competence

3. Provide opportunities for a candidate to practice what they have learnt in a realistic, but safe and protected, working environment or, where this is not appropriate, in a simulated environment.

Please note that learning, and practicing the learning, does not indicate competence in the workplace. The application of the learning will need to be assessed for competence to be decide.

Expert witnesses

Expert witnesses can be drawn a wide range of people who can attest performance in the workplace, including line managers and experienced colleagues from inside the candidate’s organization or from other organizations such as customers or clients, where there are no occupationally competent assessors for occupationally specific units.


Assessors will be appointed by approved centers to assess candidate performance and judge the validity of work place assessment judgments including the units where evidence relies extensively on expert witness testimony. The assessor will make use of appropriate expert witness testimony as part of the overall assessment of the candidate. In addition, the assessor must ensure that witness testimony clearly matches the level and breadth of performance described in the units, and this may be done, for example, by the assessor questioning the witness against the knowledge and skills specified in the units. The assessor must have suitable and reliable occupational experience and be trained and qualified as an NVQ assessor.

An assessor may be a candidate’s line manager, a tutor at college, or someone specially appointed to this role. Assessments may also be carried out by a team of assessors. The roles of trainer and assessor are inextricably linked and may be carried out by the same person, however, training activities must be clearly separated from assessment and only assessed evidence of competence should be presented as evidence towards the NVQ.

Internal verifier

Internal verifiers will be appointed by approved centre to ensure the quality and consistency of assessments within the centre. Each assessor’s work must be checked and confirmed by an internal verifier who is also a member of the staff of the assessment centre. The internal verifier will observe assessors carrying out assessment, review assessment decisions from the evidence provided and hold meetings with the assessment team to ensure consistency in the use of paperwork and interpretation of ‘the qualifications’ requirements.

External verifier

The external verifier checks the assessment and internal verification decisions and process made in the centre and authorizes the claims for certificated. The external verifier is appointed by OCR.


This is the cumulative (ie ongoing) assessment record that consists of evidence record sheets(s) for each unit. Your CAR belongs to you. It gives details of evidence can be found. It is your record of evidence that has been assessed and accepted by your assessor. Your will help prepare your CAR.

Once your assessor has decided that you have provided enough evidence to prove your competence in a unit, they will sign off, and you will not need to collect any more evidence for that unit. A unit certificate can be claimed from OCR at this point. If you want to do this do this you should discuss it with you assessor.

Can be Assessor make Reasonable Adjustments for my specific assessment needs?

We have tried to make sure that no unnecessary access restrictions will slow down your progress. You must have the same chances as everyone else to prove your competence and collect evidence. If you need mechanical, electronic or other aids a to show your competence, please talk to your assessor about this. You can use aids as longs as they are generally commercially available and it is practical to use them during your normal work.


We do not think that you ever have to use our appeals procedure, but if you do, the process is described in the OCR publication, National Vocational Qualifications and other Verified Qualifications. Center Guidance (reference code L526), which can be downloaded from the OCR website www.ocr.org.uk. Select exams officers on the home page and follow the link to verified qualifications.


Employees will benefit from:

  • A clear understanding of their responsibility within their organization.
  • The opportunity to develop new skills.
  • The recognition of existing skills.

Employers will benefit from:

  • Improved staff performance and motivation.
  • Improvements in the quality of service to service users.
  • The opportunity to ensure levels of care to national standard.

NVQ Start is a service for potential and new centres, whish can provide the infrastructure to support all aspects of NVQ provision.

Further information may be requested from the OCR:

Information Bureau, OCR, Coventry Office, Westwood Way, Coventry, CV48JQ

Telephone (024) 7685 1509 or email

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  • The OCR fees booklet (A250), which includes charges for centre evaluation, candidate registration and certification, is available from OCR information Bureau.
  • The leaflet Becoming an NVQ Centre: step to implementation (N61) will be useful to organizations considering applying to OCR to become a centre.
  • Full details of how to apply are given in Centre Guidance (L526) which is included in the Centre.
  • Approval Pack, which is available from Operations in Coventry.
  • The NVQ Toolbox (P351). This is support material to assist an NVQ Centre in setting up systems and procedures is available to purchase from OCR Publication (0870 870 6622)


OCR offers a range of qualifications that are related and relevant to the requirements of Health and Social Care:

  • OCR Levels 3 and 4 NVQs in Health and Social Care (Adults)
  • OCR Levels 3 and 4 NVQs in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
  • OCR Levels 4 NVQ in Registered Managers
  • OCR Levels 1,2,3 and 4 NVQs in Administration
  • OCR Levels 2 and 3 NVQs in Customer Service
  • OCR Levels 2 NVQ in Team Leading
  • OCR Health and Social Care Advanced VCE
  • OCR Health and Social Care Advanced Subsidiary VCE
  • OCR Health and Social Care Advanced VCE (double award)
  • OCR Health and Social Care Intermediate GNVQ
  • OCR Health and Social Care Advanced Vocational (double award) GCSE
  • OCR National in Health and Social Care Levels 2 and 3

These qualifications complement and support the activities undertaken with Level 4 NVQ in Health and social Care.


IMP-The modules above are in addition to units, element ,Work experience, reflective accounts and academic requirements of the Care Course.

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