This qualification is aimed at students who wish to go on to university and study subjects such as Health and Social Care, Adult Social Care, Social Policy, Social Work, Nursing, Working with Children, Young People and Families, Psychology and Sociology. The diploma should be studied alongside one A Level, such as Psychology, Sociology or Biology.
Students must have grade C (grade 5) or above in Double Science at GCSE, OR Level 2 Applied Science at Merit or above.
This diploma is offered as a single (1 A Level) or double award (2 A Levels). For the single award, two units will be studied; for the double award (full Diploma), four units will be studied. Units are:
Core Values and Services - based around the values of care, service provision and meeting individual needs throughout the life stages. This would include national policy and provision and the impact of financial issues on service provision (to include statistics and data analysis).
Employment within the Sectors - to enable students to gain a greater understanding of practitioner roles within the Health and Social Care and Early Years sectors. Students will also learn about the principles of care and caring skills, and the qualities and attributes required to work within the sectors.
Disease, Illness and Disability - to provide students with knowledge and understanding of common diseases and illnesses, in addition to a range of disability conditions and impairments. Content will cover: the basic concepts, cause and effect, care management process, legislation, barriers to care, risk reduction strategies and the burden of disability and disease.
Optional units will be either:
Human Behaviour - to allow the learner to explore the factors that influence an individual's development, including the application of psychological theories and strategies within a range of care settings.
The Ageing Demographic - based on demographic changes to include life expectancy, the impact on the provision of health and social care services and the impact of the management of long-term conditions. This unit will also include the physical and cognitive effects of ageing in addition to the rights and responsibilities of older individuals.
Assessment is by written examination and College-marked assignment.
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