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Health and Social Care courses explained – for learners

Level 2 Health and Social 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 Health and Social 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 4 Health and Social Care

This qualification provides an excellent platform for those that are looking to progress within a care setting. Natural progression will take candidates on to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care once into a more Senior position within an organisation.

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 twelve core units at level 4; including Facilitate support planning to promote positive outcomes for individuals and to support well being, Understand personalisation in care and support service, Develop, maintain and use records and reports, Work in partnership in health and social care. Plus optional units.

This qualification can help you succeed in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as: Community Care / Support Officer , Social Care Assessor, Care Assessment Officer , Social Services Officer, Brokerage Worker, Reablement Support Workers / Officer, Telecare Assistant, Assistive Technology Co-ordinator / Officer.

Level 4 is ideal for those that are looking to formalise their work within the Health and Social Care sector and have valid experience in the field. It is ideal for those that are looking to progress on to Management or Senior Worker status.

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 2 Clinical Healthcare Support

The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce. This qualification confirms competence in a range of clinical healthcare support skills.

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 eleven core units at level 2; including The principles of infection prevention and control, Causes and spread of infection, Implement person centred approaches in health and social care Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care Handle information in health and social care settings Plus optional units.

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of healthcare roles including: Healthcare assistant and Phlebotomist.

The Level 2 will suit you if you are working in a healthcare setting as Healthcare assistant, usually from a role where you’ve been supervised.

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 Clinical Healthcare Support

The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce. This qualification confirms competence in a range of clinical healthcare support skills.

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 twelve core units at level 3; including Promote communication in health, social care, Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings, Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care, Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care. Plus optional units.

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of healthcare roles including: Healthcare supervisor and Phlebotomist.

The Level 3 will suit you if you are working in a healthcare setting as Healthcare assistant or Phlebotomist and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring that work meets the required standard

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.

Level 2 Healthcare Support Services

The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce. This qualification confirms competence in a range of healthcare support service skills.

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 six core units at level 2; including Introduction to personal development in health, social care, Introduction to communication in health, social care, Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care, The role of the health and social care worker, Contribute to health and safety in health and social care. Plus optional units.

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of healthcare roles including: Healthcare assistant, Healthcare administrator, Cleaner, Caretaker, Maintenance person, Security officer, Records manager, Kitchen Assistant/Supervisor/Manager, Phlebotomist, Hospital porter, Administrator.

The Level 2 will suit you if you are working in a healthcare setting as, for example, a cleaner, a gardener, a driver, kitchen staff, caretaker or receptionist and have some knowledge and skills in the industry, usually from a role where you’ve been supervised.

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 Healthcare Support Services

The purpose of this qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health workforce. This qualification confirms competence in a range of healthcare support service skills.

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 five core units at level 3; including The role of the health and social care worker, Engage in personal development in health, social care, Promote communication in health, social care, Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care. Plus optional units relating to your particular job role within your setting.

These qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of healthcare roles including: Healthcare assistant, Healthcare administrator, Cleaner, Caretaker, Maintenance person, Security officer, Records manager, Kitchen Assistant/Supervisor/Manager, Phlebotomist, Hospital porter, Administrator.

The Level 3 will suit you if you are working in healthcare and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standard. You could be working as, for example, a cleaner, a gardener, a driver, kitchen staff, caretaker or receptionist and have some knowledge and skills in the industry.

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.

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.