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 for the carers and families of people with diabetes as well as health or social care workers who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of the condition and how it is managed. It has relevance to all types of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care. The course has a credit value of 16 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.
Who is the course suitable for?
Over 2.5 million people are known to have diabetes in the UK with numbers set to rise as obesity levels increase. There are believed to be thousands more who have not yet been diagnosed. This new course has been designed to reach the carers and families of people with diabetes and help them to understand how the condition affects people, how it can be managed, the social issues and more about prevention, complications and care.
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 times 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 two modules:
- Workbook 1: Understand diabetes, Prevention and early Intervention of type 2 diabetes.
- Workbook 2: Understand the initial care of diabetes, Understand the treatment and management of diabetes.
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications including Diplomas in Health and Social Care.