Four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) at GCSE or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or Distinction. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required and it has to be applied for before starting the course, or during enrolment.
What will I learn?
You’ll develop a range of skills essential for working life:
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding in the area of child, health and social care
- Develop a range of transferable skills for the sector
- Gain relevant work experience for your future progression
You’ll do 60 hours of work experience to pass the course, which are divided into two one-week work placements in a child, health or social care setting.
You’ll study ten modules which are all directly relevant to health and social care work.
The mandatory modules are:
Communication in health and social care
Working in health and social care
Health and safey in the work place
Person-centred approaches in health and social care
The optional modules include:
Duty of care in health and social care
Equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Activity provision in health and social care
Understand how to handle information in social care settings
Team work in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
You’ll be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assignments include essays, presentations, videos, discussions and posters.
We normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of Health & Social Care. You’ll also get the chance to go on trips to appropriate Health & Social Care settings.
Career and progression
You can progress to a Level 3 qualification such as BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, you can take junior level positions in a wide variety of career areas including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody, social and community work.
You’ll need to buy the current course text book, which is £20-£25. Details will be given at enrolment.