Health & Social Care

Summary of course

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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

4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including maths and English Language

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using a single side of A4 paper, identifying why you wish to work in Health and Social Care.

General Info (materials required for the course)

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

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 Emma had to overcome many challenges during her time at Northampton College, but her focus and   determination to pursue a career in special education helped her achieve outstanding results.  Against all...

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