This is a one year course that will help you to gain knowledge, understanding and competency needed when considering employment in the Health, Social and Care sectors. You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice during work placement. You will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence which reflects your knowledge and understanding of the units studied.
Course structure mandatory units:
This unit involves learning about the importance of good communication skills in order to help you develop relationships with people, including patients/service users and their relatives, young people, children, colleagues, managers and other professionals.
Working in the Health Sector
The aim of this unit is to give the learner an insight into jobs and career pathways within the health and social care sector. It also considers the skills and qualifications required for different areas of work. Examples of different types of service providers and services offered in health and social care may include: statutory services e.g. nurseries and schools – education; hospitals – medical care, care homes for elderly, dementia, respite care – support clients with daily living; social services – support vulnerable families. Additionally you will study the voluntary and private sector e.g. private nurseries and schools – education; care homes – assisted living and full time care; out of school provision – care for children and young people before and after school; private home care services – assist with daily routines in clients own home.
Furthermore you will learn and grasp the importance of Equality and Inclusion in health and care settings and why it underpins behaviours and attitudes in the sector. We experience how to
embed Activity Provision in health, social and early year’s settings which offers a fun way to learn about the importance of providing appropriate activities within the sector as well as enabling you to have the opportunity to plan, run and then evaluate a range of your own activities. Finally we must learn about how to uphold your own safety and service users in the care environment. Your skills will also explore issues related to Health and Safety, including legislation in health and social care environments, risk assessments and the actions that are necessary to minimise potential hazards and risks.
As well as studying the qualification, you will also have the opportunity to re-take English and/or Maths qualifications within your timetable and study from a range of additional optional units such as Child Protection and Safeguarding, Duty of Care in health and Social Care Sector and Human Life Stages.
Minimum entry requirements:
• You should be able to show that you have a standard of literacy, numeracy and general education equivalent to five GCSEs at Level 3/E or above or
• You should be able to show that you have undertaken suitable work experience
• All students have access to our work placement programme
• Visiting lecturers and professionals with specific knowledge in this field of work
• First Aid training/AED Training/Health & Safety/Mental & Wellbeing enrichment
• Communication, oral and written
• Understand the importance of equality and diversity
• The principles of the care value base
Likely next step opportunities:
• You must pass Level 2 course, produce a high standard of
portfolio of coursework plus relevant Maths and/or English qualifications to progress
• You could progress onto one of our Level 3 ‘Pathway to …’ programmes
• BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care (single or triple courses)
• BTEC Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years educator)
• St Vincent Apprenticeship programme
• Employment in the Health and Social Care sectors
To achieve this qualification you must complete and pass all units
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Level 2 Courses
For courses at this level, you will normally need to have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade E and, in most cases, two D grades.
If you want to gain Level 2 qualifications in order to go into work or training, or on to further courses it is very important to have the vital qualifications of English, Maths, and IT.
Developing your skills in those three areas will form part of your Level 2 programme and you will need to complete these successfully, alongside your main courses, in order to progress to advanced study.
Level 2 students can take GCSE Mathematics by negotiation. Discuss this at interview.