This course attracts learners who want to access Higher Education, progression to further learning at Level 4 and above and progress into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector.
You must be 16 years old or over and have six GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Maths or English. Ideally you will also have a Level 2 NCFE/CACHE Diploma in Care.
This qualification will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to progress to HE and job roles within the sector, for example:
• The functions of national and local health and social care provision
• The roles and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner when empowering individuals
• How outcomes of serious case reviews inform practice in the health and social care sector
• How to obtain and record physiological measurements
• How to reflect on and plan for personal and professional development within the health and social care sector
• Carrying out a research project.
You will cover the following mandatory units:
• Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
• Human growth and development
• Safeguarding in health and social care
• Communication in health and social care
• Infection prevention and control in health and social care
• Psychological perspectives in health and social care
• Sociological perspectives in health and social care
• Working in health and social care
• Reflective practice
• Empowerment in health and social care
• Protection of children, young people and adults in health and social care
• Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
• Research skills for health and social care
• Personal and professional development
Traditional classroom teaching is combined with SMART sessions using online platforms, group discussions and projects, work placements, plus lectures from guest speakers and industry experts.
You will also learn to use equipment from real health and social care settings in the simulation room.
You will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support your learning. The minimum required number of placement hours is 175 (100 hours if you have already successfully completed the Certificate). Field trips will add to your learning experience.
We are dedicated to enriching your experience here at Sandwell College with a range of opportunities. We have strong links with local employers including hospitals and local authorities, who frequently visit the college to provide learners with a unique insight into careers in the sector. We also visit settings with learners to give them a first-hand experience of life working in health and social care. We take learners to the Care Show at Birmingham NEC every year as well as numerous university events.
Assessment will be through practical and role plays, written course work, work place observations, professional discussions and group work projects. You will also complete a work place portfolio. There will be two externally set assessments. Your first year assessment will cover nine Core Mandatory units and your second year assessment will cover five Diploma Mandatory units, all graded A* - D. There are three optional units, also graded A*- D.
Job roles you can progress to include:
• Care Support Worker in Adult Residential Settings
• Healthcare Assistant in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments
• Care Support Worker in Domiciliary Services, Supported Living or Day Services
• Community-Based Support Worker
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*