Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
This course is ideal for anybody who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of common health conditions.
It will particularly appeal to individuals who have a professional or personal interest in arthritis care, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and sensory loss awareness. It will also appeal to organisations within the health and social care sector that provide support to individuals with conditions such as these. It has relevance to all types of health-care settings, including care homes, hospitals and domiciliary care. The course has a credit value of 16 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is designed to raise the candidate’s awareness of some of the most common health conditions among older people in the UK. They will explore arthritis, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and sensory loss (both hearing and visual impairments). They will examine the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for each one. They will also look at a range of strategies – some of which they can put into practice themselves – that can help to improve the quality of life of someone living with one or a number of these conditions.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at a place convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning.
Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should aim to complete the course within 12 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of 3 modules:
- Module A: Understand how to contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions, understand cardiovascular disease
- Module B: Stroke awareness, Arthritis awareness
- Module C: Understand physical disability, Parkinson’s disease awareness
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational programmes, including Certificates and Diplomas in health and social care and other, more general courses.