Health and Social Care CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma
- Course length
- 2 years full-time
There are hugely rewarding careers in the health and social care profession, working across all age groups.You might be interested in nurse training, working with the elderly or roles as a health care assistant. If you have a positive outlook, bags of drive and enjoy making a difference to people’s lives this course will give you the perfect platform to enter the care sector.
Why should I choose this course?
- This is a practical, work-related course, so you get plenty of “on-the-job” learning opportunities
- Work experience takes place in residential homes, day-care centres, special schools, community centres, hospitals and youth centres
- Projects and assignments are based on realistic workplace situations and activities
- You will get a taste of the jobs you are considering in health and social care
- There are great opportunities to progress to more advanced work-related qualifications – so this course could be an end in itself or a useful stepping stone
- You will be able to work in both the private and public sectors
The new Health Hub, a purpose-built facility at our Richmond House site, allows students to experience the full range of settings they are likely to encounter in practice.
In addition to high specification resources, the hub includes:
- A three-bedded ward area – allowing students to interact with simulation manikins in a virtual ward setting designed for adults and children
- A clinical treatment area – a realistic environment to learn clinical skills such as patient assessment, administration of medication and wound care
- A typical home area – allowing students to consider the challenges of delivering health and social care in the community
- A 24-seat teaching area – for group work and debriefing, linked to activities in the virtual learning environment
The areas features camera recording equipment to allow students to view clinical skills demonstrations and practice in the teaching area.
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
- Measurements are key in understanding prescriptions in pharmacies and administrating drugs in nursing contexts
- Measurements are also key in determining and monitoring patient heights and weights
- Fractions are needed in calculating BMI
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of documents relating to patients
- Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues and patients
- Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions and prescriptions
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV
Teaching and assessment
A portfolio of evidence (Level 3 Award); portfolio of evidence and one extended assessment (Level 3 Certificate); a portfolio of evidence and two extended assessments (Level 3 Extended Diploma).
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Award – you will require at least 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above, including English.
Certificate – you will require at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English. On successful completion of the Certificate, you can progress on to the Extended Diploma.
If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support.
This programme requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Information about the DBS check and how to apply for it will be sent to you by our placement team.
You will need to buy a uniform to wear during your placement. If you have any concerns with the cost of the uniform please discuss this with us before joining the course as we may be able to help meet some of the expense.
What will I study?
- Equality, Diversity and Rights
- Human Growth and Development
In addition to the modules above:
- Communication in HSC
- Sociological Perspectives
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Psychological Perspectives
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Reflective Practice
- Dementia Awareness
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Protection of Children, Young People and Adults
- Nutrition for HSC
- Research Skills
- Personal and Professional Development
- Voluntary Organisations
- Mental Health and Well-being
- Public Health
- Empowerment in HSC
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
There is an opportunity to gain practical work experience in a variety of settings including residential homes, day-care centres, special schools, community centres, hospitals and youth centres.
Placements are organised by tutors based in hired@UCB. They will visit you during placements to ensure you gain the right practical skills.
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.
If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital
A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.
A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:
- Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
- It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enriches your CV
- Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
- Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities
School of Education, Health and Community (Health & Social Care)
All courses in this school have mandatory placements. Students studying Health and Social Care will be required to complete two days per week on placement. Placements are organised by a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.Placements can be in residential homes, day-care centres, special schools, community centres, hospitals or youth centres.
Our Health and Social Care course is well regarded and provides a route to a number of public and private sector jobs including health care assistant and working with the elderly.
There are plenty of opportunities to progress to foundation degrees/degrees to allow you to specialise. Future options could include: nursing; midwifery; radiography; dietetics; criminology; occupational therapy; speech and language therapy; and social work. You could progress to the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care degree at University College Birmingham.
The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.
Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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