You will study 13 mandatory units:
- Developing effective communication in health and social care
- You will understand effective communication, the barriers that may exist and ways to overcome these. The unit will give you the opportunity to gain the interpersonal skills needed to embark on a career within the health or social care sectors.
- Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
- This unit will develop your understanding of concepts related to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care. You will learn about discriminatory practice and means of combating this and also develop understanding of national initiatives that promote anti-discriminatory practice in health and social care settings.
- Health, safety and security in health and social care
- You will understand the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. You will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. You will also learn about how to deal with incidents and emergencies in a health and social care environment.
- Development through the life stages
- In this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of the different stages throughout the human lifespan. You will be able to develop an understanding of both the physical and psychological changes of ageing and be able to apply theories of ageing to health and social care provision.
- Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
- You will understand aspects of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems. You will gain an overview of the organisation of the human body before looking at how body systems work together to provide energy for the body. You will also have the opportunity to investigate how homeostatic mechanisms operate in the body.
- Personal and professional development in health and social care
- You will understand the learning process and skills needed to plan for, monitor and reflect on your professional development. You will then be able to investigate and gain an understanding of health care provision. You must complete 100 hours work experience for this unit.
- Sociological perspectives for health and social care
- This unit aims to enable you to gain an understanding of the different sociological approaches that can be used when studying and how these approaches can be used to study health care.
- Psychological perspectives for health and social care
- This unit aims to enable learners to understand the different psychological approaches that can be used when studying and in particular how these can be used to study health and social care.
- Caring for children and young people
- In this unit you will consider the type of care provided for children who may need to be looked after. You will gain an understanding of the risks to children and young people of abusive and exploitative behaviour and the strategies used to safeguard them from this behaviour.
- Safeguarding adults and promoting independence
- You will learn about different types of abuse and to understand why this may happen. You will be able to develop knowledge of work to safeguard adults, and an understanding of how the rights, independence and the well-being of adults are promoted through a person-centred, multi-agency approach.
- Public health
- This unit enables you to gain knowledge of the origins of public health policy and the current strategies in place. You will also develop an understanding of how public health is monitored, the origin and development of systems for promoting and protecting public health, and the range of key groups in influencing related policy.
- Physiology of fluid balance
- You will learn of the microstructure of animal cells and understanding of the importance of maintaining fluid balance in the human body, the mechanisms by which this is regulated and some of the implications when these systems fail.
- Physiological disorders
- You will explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.
You will also study 4-9 of 31 optional units, including:
- Working in the health sector
- Promoting health education
- Nutrition for health and social care
- Health psychology
- Physical science for health
- Defence against disease
- Dementia care
You will carry out a work placement, which will help you to put what you have learned at college into practice.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English 4 and maths at 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above including science. You will also need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which the college will pay for.
You will be assessed through presentations, role play, essays and reports.
Fees & Funding
As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.
You will need to pay for some essential costs. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.
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