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Health and Social Care courses explained – for learners

Level 2 Adult Care

This qualification is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a broad range of health or social care settings.

This qualification is assessed at work, with ‘dignity in care’ at the forefront of all assessments. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

You will complete nine core units at level 2; including Introduction to communication in health, social care, Introduction to personal development in health, social care, Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care, Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care, The role of the health and social care worker, Implement person-centred approaches in health and social care, Contribute to health and safety in health and social care, Handle information in health and social care settings, Introduction to duty of care in health, social care.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.

Level 3 Lead Adult Care

This qualification is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a broad range of health or social care settings.

This qualification is assessed at work, with ‘dignity in care’ at the forefront of all assessments. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

You will complete nine core units at level 3; including Promote communication in health, social care, Engage in personal development in health, social care, Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care, Principles for implementing duty of care, Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care, The role of the health and social care worker, Promote person centred approaches in health and social care, Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care. Plus optional units.

This qualification can help you succeed in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as: residential care, community and primary care, acute health environments (eg hospitals), domiciliary services (home care / home help), supported living projects, community-based care, private care for a person or family.

Level 3 is ideal if you’re a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year. This course is eligible for funding by the Advanced Learner Loan.

Level 5 Leadership for Health and Social Care

This qualification is required for managers of adult residential and domiciliary services.

This qualification is assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

You will complete thirteen core units at level 5; including Champion equality, diversity and inclusion, Lead and manage a team within a health and social care, Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care, Undertake a research project within services for health and social care. Plus optional units.

This qualification can help you work in roles such as: Adult nurse, Care home manager, Children’s nurse, Health promotion / education specialist, Health service manager, Learning disability nurse, Residential warden, Social worker, Supervisor / team leader, Volunteer manager.

This qualification is for those already working in health and social care, assistant or deputy managers or managers who have not yet achieved a vocational qualification at this level.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year.

Level 3 Working in End of Life Care

This qualification is designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for those approaching the end of their lives.

This qualification is assessed at work, with ‘dignity in care’ at the forefront of all assessments. For each unit, your assessor will watch and ask questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you’ve built as formal evidence of your learning.

You will learn about a variety of areas directly relevant to the role, including assessing supporting individuals at the end of their lives and their families, supporting individuals through change, and helping manage pain and discomfort.

Having completed these qualifications, workers may then progress into more complex roles as they have demonstrated continuing professional development in a specific area of practice.

Level 3 is ideal for Managers and supervisors in statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations which provide health or care services for people approaching the end of their lives to develop practical and management skills in this area.

You can start this course on a date convenient to you. You’ll meet your assessor once a month at your work, your home or West Offices. The course will last for approximately one year. This course is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan.