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A career in care can be extremely rewarding and diverse, with opportunities to work with children, adolescents, older people, people with additional needs, hospital patients and the general community. We will help you develop your skills to the highest level, whichever path you choose.
The part time course has the registered title with Pearson (BTEC) of Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care level 3 leading to progression and enrolment in year two onto the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care level 3
Completion of the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care level 3 takes two years.
The BTEC National Foundation/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a challenging and valuable qualification. It will provide you with a thorough knowledge of social care and health care and give you the opportunity to experience working in care settings. As a qualification, it may provide the means to enter directly into employment or access to a range of health and care higher education, including social work and nursing qualifications.
Throughout the programme you will gain a broad understanding of health, social care and early years working environments. You will have an opportunity to develop and apply new skills and knowledge in a practical realistic way and will follow a course of study that will enable you to progress to both higher education and/or employment within the health and care sectors.
There are no formal academic entry qualifications although we do recommend that you upgrade maths and English qualifications to 5 and above should you wish to attend university or enhance options for employment at the end of the course.
This course will suit the mature (19+) student with a reasonable standard of education and/or experience, who also has the desire to pursue a career in Health and Social Care. A successful interview, a clear DBS and initial screening are an essential part of entry onto the course.
What will I do?
The course requires two days attendance at college (TBC) with one additional day in placement (to be arranged).
You will complete 13 units of study over the two year course. You will be awarded points for each unit based on pass, merit or distinction criteria achieved. Your points will be totalled at the end of the course to give you your final grade. Units may include: Life Span Development, Anatomy & Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition, Research Methodology and Sociological Perspectives.
Access to a computer and the internet will be an advantage as you will be expected to complete assignments outside of college time.
You will complete one health and social care placements in the first year and a further two placements in the second year. This is a mandatory requirement for the course and will provide valuable experience in health and social care.
As part of the course requirements learners take part in regular work placement within a range of health and social care settings. This vocational experience will develop and promote hands on skills and knowledge regarding health and social care provision, and will provide a good source of evidence for assignments.
Learners will have the opportunity to work with different client groups and will need to provide actual evidence of completing a minimum number of hours of work experience from their health and social care environments. Our experienced work placement officer will guide and assist you with your preferred placements.
Full completion of all units on the combined Foundation and Extended Diploma will then be combined, at the end of the second year, to award the successful and dedicated learner with a potential final grade of D*D*D*.
What will it give me?
On successful completion of the full Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 there is the potential to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care or Counselling or explore other Higher Education opportunities, such as nursing, social work and operating department practitioner.
There are no formal resources that you will need. Access to the internet and a memory stick would be helpful to continue studies between home and college. Files, paper and stationary are required for course/class work.
There are books which could be useful to your studies and you will be told about these when you start, they are also available within our learning zone and are also available as E-books.
What can I do when I finish?
The course will enable you to potentially progress to higher education and training in a range of areas.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to access higher education, it will give you a level 3 qualification to work as a carer or support worker in health and social care settings.