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Health and social care

Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Level 3

Ashington Campus
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NCFE Diploma in Adult Care Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for applicants who are working part time or wish to work with adults aged 18 years and over in an approved Health and Social Care setting such as domiciliary care, residential care or social care. Applicants must be able to undertake a 1-2 days per week placement (if not already employed in care) which they are required to secure and maintain for the duration of their course.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Learners should be 18 years or above and will ideally hold a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or equivalent Level 2 qualifications, preferably in Health and Social Care or a related area. Applicants without these qualifications who hold appropriate equivalent experience in Health and Social Care and can demonstrate positive communication skills and effective levels of reading and writing sufficient to meet the requirements of this training may also be considered (an initial assessment will be undertaken to support your application). All applicants must undertake an interview and apply for DBS clearance to demonstrate that they do not have a criminal background which might prevent them from working with young people or vulnerable adults.

What will I study on the course?

You will study exciting units including:

- Introduction to Duty of Care

- Communication

- Person Centred Approaches

- Equality and Diversity

- Safeguarding, and Personal Development.

There are also a range of other units which you need to study including a wide variety of optional units which can be tailored to your setting and you can choose which fit in best with placement or career aspirations. For example, a learner volunteering within a setting caring for adults with dementia may wish to complete the dementia pathway units offered. Your placement will enhance your knowledge and provide you with the competency based elements of the qualification.

The course runs for 1 day per week or 1 evening per week over 1 year and in addition to this you will be required to undertake a minimum of 1 day per week on placement (at least 250 hours over the academic year).

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/observations and written assignments. You will be allocated an assessor who will guide you through your qualification and attend your workplace to observe your practice. You will also be expected to attend sessions at college to maintain contact and to develop your underpinning knowledge of the core areas of Health and Social Care.

You may have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment such as English, maths, food safety and first aid. There is also a chance to do CV workshops and application for jobs workshops as necessary.

After completing the course you could progress to an HNC in Health and Social Care.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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