This course is for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in health or social care, for example; nursing, occupational therapy, social work or youth work. The course is taught by a team of professional staff, with strong teaching and vocational experience. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*).
These qualifications provide a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. Learners are also ready with the skills and academic capability they require to enter Higher Education Study. You will spend three days in college and one day per week in work placement in a care setting. You will get up to three placements over two years, developing skills and knowledge which will help you in your assignments, enhance your career prospects and prepare for university.
There are opportunities for learners to go on both national and international trips, for example, Poland (Krakow), France (Paris), and university visits to UCLan, University of Cumbria and Edge Hill. The department also organises a variety of team building activities, e.g. foot golf, bowling, Alton Towers, walking and orienteering, treasure hunts, and to Grizedale Forest - Go Ape!
During their programme learners will learn functional skills, these are a set of standards that establish a benchmark in English, mathematics and ICT, and these skills will be embedded in unit delivery. All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
The course allows you to specialise in your chosen area and study the following units:
- Equality; Diversity and Rights
- Applying Sociology
- Applying Psychology
- Personal and Professional Development
- Developing Effective Communication
- Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Public Health
- Caring for Children and Young People
All sessions involve a range of activities, including lectures, supported workshops, group and individual research, presentations and role play. Presentations by the tutor and students will be used to develop communication and other transferable skills. To support differentiation a tiered level of questioning and case studies, for the different levels will be used, as well as mixed and same ability group work to challenge and support learning. Additional study support will be given when needed, either one to one or as a group.
The units are assessed internally, and this assessment is ongoing over the duration of the course. Evidence for these assessments can be generated through a range of activities, including, controlled assessments, role play, verbal presentations, essays, reports, case studies, witness testimonies, observation, portfolios, posters and leaflets.
You will need five GCSEs Grade 4 or above, or a First Diploma in Health and Social Care or a related vocational area at Merit or Distinction, plus satisfactory tutor reference. You must also have a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language.
As part of the entry criteria for this course you will need to have a check completed by the Disclosure and Barring service. This does not mean that if you have any previous convictions or warnings that you will not be able to join this programme, but an assessment will be completed as to your suitability to progress on to the programme. Please discuss with us in confidence if you have concerns about the content of your check.
You will be given an interview to assess your suitability for the programme. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/or unpaid employment.
After Your Course
The majority of learners progress onto Higher Education to study a range of degree programmes, these include; All four branches of nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Health studies, Midwifery, community studies, sociology, psychology, radiography, chiropody and other health related degrees. Other learners have progressed onto apprenticeships in health and social care and some learners have gone directly into employment within the sector.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.