Course overviewA career in health care or social care promises to be as rewarding as it is challenging, with no two days ever the same in this varied sector.
This Level 3 programme, equivalent to three A Levels, explores and investigates the health and social care sector through a range of diverse units and will provide you with a broad scientific base and an opportunity to learn about a wide range of key health and social care topics such as public health, sociological and psychological perspectives, caring for children and young people, safeguarding and nutrition.
You’ll study effective communication, equality, diversity and rights, anatomy, social sciences and complete a research project which will prepare you for advancing onto a Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC), university, an apprenticeship or employment. It may also be of note, in year 2, learners are able to transfer to the Health Studies pathway which is often preferred by universities for learners wishing to progress to midwifery. In order to access this course learners must hold high GCSE high grades in maths, English and science.
As well as classroom based theory, you are expected to complete a work placement either as a volunteer or paid work providing it is within the health and social care sector and completed outside of the course timetable.You will be required to complete a minimum of 100 hours per year or more.
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and consists of a range of internal and external tasks including externally assessed exams and written assignments. You will be supported throughout by a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your targets for achievement.
For students with below a grade 4, you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.
What else do I need to know?You will be required to complete a DBS check to ensure you are suitable to work with vulnerable individuals. Information on how to apply for this will be discussed at the start of the course.
Throughout your study programme there will also be opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities, enrichment and organised trips that will support your learning.
Many of our resources can be accessed both at College and from home using our intranet service and well equipped Learning Resource Centre (LRC).
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College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
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