The course is designed to broaden understanding of working in the health and childcare sectors, to include knowledge requirements, personal skills and initiative. The vocational elements of the course will allow learners to assess their capabilities and motivation as to whether progression in this area is desirable. The course is challenging but does provide a firm basis for progression where learners can demonstrate team work as well as individual effort.
Health, Social and Childcare
- There will be a focus on literacy and numeracy skills together with developing your knowledge of sustainable issues, citizenship, bilingualism, enterprise and Welsh culture.
- Essential skills (embedded in main programme)
- Weekly tutorials
- You will also study GCSE Maths and /or English if you do not have a grade C. Those with a grade C will upskill in literacy and/or numeracy.
- Work experience:
- Students will go out on a range of work experiences designed to give them a variety of transferable skills which are required in the field of care.
- Unit 1 Understanding the range of service provision and roles within health and social care (adults, children and young people), early years and childcare – learners will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of the types of services available in health and social care for adults, children and young people. Learners will develop their knowledge of the range and scope of job roles available, the skills needed to fulfil these job roles and the career progression routes available to employees in the sector.
- Unit 2 Awareness of health and safety – this unit will support learners in understanding the issues surrounding health and safety in a variety of residential and day care settings.
- Unit 3 Understanding the principles and values – learners will develop an understanding of principles and values that underpin health and social care.
- Unit 4 Awareness of safeguarding – learners will explore what is meant by the protection and safeguarding of children and adults who are vulnerable. Learners will also explore the responsibilities of organisations to protect children and vulnerable adults and relevant sources of support and information.
- Unit 5 Introductory awareness of inclusion and disability – an introduction to the concepts of inclusion and disability. They will investigate barriers to access and ways of overcoming these, together with behaviours that promote inclusion.
- Unit 6 Introduction to communication – learners will gain knowledge of a range of communication methods, barriers to communicate and how various methods may be used to overcome barriers to communication.
- Unit 7 Introduction to children and young people’s development – learners will be introduced to the main stages of children and young people’s development and then go on to study the different factors that may affect development. Learners will consider how all areas of the development of children and young people can be supported.
- Unit 9 Introduction to dementia – will prepare learners to work with individuals with dementia. Learners will look at the importance of valuing and recognising individuals with dementia and take a person-centred approach to the support and care of individuals with dementia.
- Unit 12 Exploring connections with sustainable development and global citizenship – gives learners an understanding of how the seven Education and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) themes: identity and culture, wealth and poverty, consumption and waste, climate change, choices and decisions, health and wellbeing and the natural environment are connected to the field of health and social care.
- Unit 13 Introduction to creative activities for children’s development – focuses on developing learner knowledge of how to prepare the environment and provide resources to encourage children’s creativity and how to support children during the activities to maximise the benefit to children’s learning.
- Unit 14 Understanding the importance of engagement in leisure and social activities in health and social care – introduces learners to the many types of activity that are available, their benefits and their importance in promoting and maintaining the wellbeing of individuals.
- Unit 20 Introduction to a health lifestyle – provides an understanding of the factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of healthy living. Learners will also explorer activities in their own local area that support a healthy lifestyle and identify the benefits of these activities for personal wellbeing.
- Unit 23 Introduction to mental health – learners will explore issues regarding mental health problems. Learners will investigate those factors that may influence mental health and consider a range of mental health problems. Learners will also consider the impact of effective communication and the use of active learning skills with individuals who have mental health problems.
- Unit 24 Introduction to balanced diets for individuals – learners will examine current government nutritional guidelines for a balances diet and why it is important to have a balanced diet. They will learn how to plan a balanced diet by outlining factors to consider and also plan a range of balanced meals for individuals that are designed to meet their personal needs and preferences.
- Continuous assessment
- Internal assessment
- Portfolio of evidence
- Workplace evidence
- One GCSE at grade D or above to include English Language or First Language Welsh.
- Entry is subject to enhanced DBS check
- Prospective students may be asked to carry out a comprehension exercise at interview. They will be given a short article to read in the area of care and will be asked to answer 5 short, written questions about that article.
Students who achieve a merit or above from the BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Vocational Studies (Health, Social and Childcare) plus a successful decision following progression board, may progress to the Level 1 Diploma in Health, Social and Childcare.
- Polo shirt for work experience – £12
- Stationery approximately – £30
- DBS check – £44 (correct as of Sept 2017, cost may increase for Sept 2018)
- Memory stick – £15
All post 16 learners who undertake this course (Welsh Government funded provision over 40 hours) are required to undertake the WEST (Wales Essential Skill Toolkit) Full Diagnostic Initial Assessment for Communication, Application of Number and Digital Literacy within the first four weeks of their course.
Successful learners may progress to a Level 2 Diploma in either Childcare or Health and Social Care (subject to meeting entry requirements) which entitles them to practice in that area, or they may go directly to workbased learning.
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.