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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in some course areas.
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Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
1:30pm - 4:30pm
36 Weeks
End Date

Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is struggling, and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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Course Overview

This is a nationally recognised vocational qualification that superseded the QCF and NVQ courses and has been designed for those working in care who are looking to further the skills and knowledge they hold in their role.

Learners will complete a selection of both mandatory and optional units, with each unit holding a different credit value. For full details please contact us, but students must gain a minimum total of 58 credits in order to pass the course.

Topics covered include:
Communication in Care Settings, Promote Personal Development, Equality and Inclusion in Care Settings, Duty of Care, Safeguarding and Protection, Promote Person-centred Approaches in Care Settings, Support use of medication in social care settings, etc.

How will I be assessed:
You will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your dedicated expert tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. COVID permitting, an assessor will visit your workplace to complete the final assessment of the work. You will be given plenty of notice and a personalised plan that will inform you of everything you need to prepare. If this is not possible, a named individual in your workplace will be asked to provide an Expert Witness Testimony.

What do I need to consider to get started on a course?
You will need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. This is approx. one half day per month to attend a formal online session and approx. 8 hours towards study and assignment writing.

You will need access to a computer. A login for our electronic portfolio will be provided for you to submit work and receive feedback, planning and resources. If you cannot attend college, delivery will be via MS Teams (access provided).

Enrol via Kendal College website, once enrolled you will be asked to provide an A4 sheet detailing what your typical day at work involves.

You must be able to attend an induction session on Wednesday 9th June, 09:00-12:00. You will then be offered 3 dates per month of which you must attend one.

How long is the course?
Maximum 9 months.

Entry Requirements

Anyone working in the Health and Social Care Sector, aged 24+ with no other Level 3 qualification.

After Your Course

Upon completion of the qualification, you will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by Pearson. Learners can apply for a variety of roles, including Supervisory in a range of settings.

Progressing onto Further Study:
There are plenty of options should you want to move on to further study, for example Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

Alternatively, you may opt for qualifications in management, lead practitioner roles or a specialist course relating to your place of work.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. 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 31/08/21
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with the 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


The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

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.

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