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The course provides a thorough introduction for those looking to start a career in Health and Social Care. You will cover basic aspects of caring, the needs of the client and how to provide for them.

The method of learning is by classroom activity.

Students may also participate in enrichment activities from the wide range of activities available.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Communication in health & social care
    • Working in health & social care
    • Equality, diversity and rights in health & social care
    • Safeguarding and protection in health & social care

    Specialist Units:

    • Anatomy and physiology for health & social care
    • Infection prevention and control in health & social care
    • Dementia awareness
    • Nutrition for health and social care

    The method of learning is by classroom activity.

    Students may also participate in enrichment activities from the wide range of activities available.

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in seeking employment in Health and Social Care areas and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through:

    • Class activities
    • written assignments and tests
    • practical and group work

    A* - D grades are awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. For the Extended Diploma, thirty hours of work placement is also required.

  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The tasks and responsibilities of specific industry job roles, including social activities, monitoring health and assisting with eating, mobility and personal care

    • The importance of having the right values and behaviours

    • How to support individuals to remain safe from harm and promote the health and wellbeing of your colleagues.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Treat people with respect and dignity, honouring their human rights

    • Communicate clearly and responsibly

    • Work professionally and look to further your own professional development.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Care and compassion

    • Effective communication skills

    • Commitment to your role and to the people in your care.
  • General info

    We recommend you purchase the following items and would ask you to be prepared to pay these costs when you enrol with us in September:

    • Text book: £25
    • Stationery: £25
  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    This qualification does not provide a licence to practice, but may support progression into a range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including: care support workers in adult residential settings, healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments,care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services,community-based support workers.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including English and Maths

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.