Health & Social Care

Summary of course

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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.

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.

Progression and Career Opportunities

This qualification does not provide a licence to practise, 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

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 including maths and English

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:

  • Text book: £25
  • Stationery: £25

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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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