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The student will develop skills and an in-depth understanding of health, including areas such as Human growth and development, Psychology, Communication Skills and infection prevention and control.

The method of learning is by class based activity, project work and research, including work placements.

Work experience: one day per week plus block weeks per year including Day centres, nursing homes, special schools. Performance in placement acts as evidence for vocational practice. You will need to gain clearance from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Equality, Diversity and Rights
    • Research Project
    • Personal and Professional Development
    • Empowerment in health and social care

    Specialist Units:

    • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
    • Communication in health and social care
    • Human growth and development
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Sociological perspectives in health and social care

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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 progressing into Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Paramedic professions and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through:

    • written assessments such as reports following research
    • practical work
    • presentations, displays
    • placement logs
  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme this could be a vocational or technical qualification. 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.

    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.

    If you have chosen to study for a T Level qualification, this will involve college-based theory and practice lessons along with relevant work placement to enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for.

    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.

    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).

  • 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:

    • College polo shirt - £15 approximately
    • Textbooks - £40 approximately
    • Stationery - £20 approximately
    • DBS check - price to be confirmed
  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    Successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma in Year 1 will enable you to progress to the Extended Diploma which equates to 3 A Levels in total.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English Language and Mathematics

    This course requires you to undertake work placement as part of your training. You will be working with children and vunerable adults in your placement and will therefore need to gain clearance from the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).

  • 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.