What I'll learn
Get a broad introduction to the field of health and social care through projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and supervised work experience.
Throughout this course you will learn the necessary knowledge and skills that you will need in order to be successful in a career in the care sector. You will learn about the various care settings, as well as get a chance to apply all you've learnt during the course into a practical setting during your work experience. Initially in year one you will study for a Subsidiary Diploma.
Upon successful completion of this course you'll be awarded the Subsidiary Diploma or the Extended Diploma depending on how far you progressed through the course. This will allow you to progress on to further study or seek employment in the health or care sector. Possible careers include: nursing, midwifery, social work, social care work, care management, occupational therapy or other professions related to medicine.
How I'll learn
You will gain functional skills first aid and sensory skills for care workers qualifications, with around 800 hours of experience care placements.
You will cover 18 units across the two years - nine core units and nine specialist units. The core units include key topics such as: equality, diversity and rights, communication and supportive skills, research and vocational practice.
The specialist units cover specific topics such as: lifespan, development, anatomy and physiology, care planning and sociology of health in greater detail.
You will also do short certificated courses such as first aid, sensory awareness and counselling skills to enhance your professional and personal development.
How I'll be assessed
All units are internally assessed and graded. A selected sample are externally assessed and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded at the end of the course.
You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities.
Work placements in health and care settings are essential to the course and provide valuable links between theory and practice.