Are you compassionate and driven to help other people? This course could be your next step towards a fulfilling career in the health and social care sector, where you’ll be making a real difference every day. On this A-Level equivalent course, you’ll study units which reflect your own interests and career choices, tailoring your learning towards your personal goals. Work experience is a crucial part of the course. We will help you find a placement that allows you to put the skills in learn in college into practice and gives you a real taste of your future. You’ll be taught by our specialist lecturers who have years of experience working in the industry; they’ll be able to give you a valuable insight into the challenges and rewards of working in health and social care. The course is run over two years. In the first year you’ll complete the Level 3 Foundation Diploma and subsequently the Level 3 Extended Diploma, which will give you the UCAS points necessary to progress into higher education. Alternatively, you’ll have the experience and knowledge to start looking for a role in the industry.
What will I learn?
Theory and practical learning are both essential elements of the course and crucial to the health and social care industry. Core modules include anatomy and physiology, development through the life stages, psychology and sociology. These modules will lay the foundation for study at university level, and help you tackle a wide range of scenarios in your career.
You’ll also learn how to translate this knowledge into everyday skills in the workplace, with modules on research methods, examining up-to-date case studies and supporting your studies with your work experience.
You’ll also have the opportunity to obtain a First Aid qualification alongside your studies, which will be invaluable when seeking employment.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
The course involves a variety of assessment methods, including internally marked essays and portfolios from your work placement, as well as externally assessed exams.
The internally set assessments will be varied in format and in some instances you may be asked to contribute to the design of an assessment.
• 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths, or a Merit in a relevant Level 2 subject and English and maths.
• All applicants will be screened for fitness to practice, and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.
• You will be interviewed by a member of the lecturing team.
• Please note that if you would like to progress onto teaching or nursing at university you will need five GCSEs at grade 4, including English, maths and science.
Additional Costs and Information
You will be required to wear a College T-shirt when on placement, which costs approximately £10.
Trips are an important part of the course and you will be required to contribute towards the cost of them.
What Could I Do Next?
After you complete this course, you could continue studying on our BA (Hons) in Social and Community Work or at a different higher education institution. Alternatively, you could step into your career in the health or social care sectors.