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This course is designed to provide students with an insight into Health and Social Care. The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in studying this programme will aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the field of Health and Social Care in due course. Learners are required to undertake a 60 hour placement over the course of the academic year which is an integral part of the programme where theory and practice can be linked.
Within this course you will have the opportunity to learn in-depth knowledge about the units listed below. You will have the opportunity to put knowledge into practice on placement. You will be looking at real life case studies and scenarios within different units. You will also learn about the theory and practice of care work. You will learn about different professionals and settings and their roles such as, nurse, hospital work, social workers, youth and community workers and settings, midwifes, care assistants.
For entry onto this Level 2 Diploma it is recommended that learners have two C passes at GCSE or an equivalent qualification may be considered. Learners should have a strong desire to care for others. This programme requires an Enhanced Access NI check to be carried out.
This programme contains two externally assessed units, namely Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living. Students will sit examinations in January of the year of study. Students have the opportunity to re-sit these assessments in June of the year of study, if required. The remaining units are internally assessed, which allows learners to develop a wider range of skills and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment is through portfolio work and can take the form of assignments, role play or presentations.
Studying the Level 2 Diploma can lead you onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. It is recommended that you have a minimum of a Merit qualification in your Level 2 programme to progress. Learners can also undertake a more vocational Level 2 programme under an apprenticeship scheme.
Students are also encouraged to undertake Essential Skills Literacy, Numeracy, and ICT if they do not possess these qualifications at GCSE Level. Learners will also study an additional programme to widen their knowledge and skills e.g a personal development or employability qualification.
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