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 designed to build on the knowledge and skills of learners who are entering adult care or adult health environments. The qualification is divided into set mandatory units, and optional units. All the learners are required to study the core competencies in the mandatory units for a career in health and social care. The learners then choose, or are supported to choose, a choice of units from the flexible options in a large selection of subjects (see course content below).
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is appropriate for learners whose central role is to give care. The qualification is applicable to a range of care settings and roles, and will be ideal for Support Workers, Domiciliary and Residential Care Workers, Health Care Assistants and those who work in a clinical workplace.
To achieve the course successfully the learners must complete 24 credits from the mandatory units and 22 credits from the optional units; totalling a minimum of 46 credits altogether.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications to undertake this course. But you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to complete the required number of assessments.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course units at times that are suitable for them. College attendance is not needed to gain this qualification. Learners should complete the course within the academic year.
The course is made up of the following elements:
- Assessor Observation of the learner at work in his or her workplace – note that this is compulsory; no observation, no diploma!
- Witness Testimony
- Candidate’s proof of work
- Assignments, projects or reports – note, these must be word processed
- Professional Discussion
- Oral and written questioning – ‘written’ answers must be word processed
- Candidate and peer reports
The course will cover following areas such as: the principles of health promotion; the principles of infection; pressure area care; conditions of dementia; pain management; care plans; diabetes and mental health awareness and many others.
Students who complete this course will be gaining a Level 2 vocational qualification and can then progress onto a Level 3 if their job role supports this.