What will you learn?
This qualification is nationally recognised and is based on the Health and Social Care National Occupation Standards. There are three routes you can undertake:
• Generic Health and Social Care pathway
• Dementia pathway
• Learning Disabilities pathway
The qualification develops the underpinning skills and knowledge required to work in the Adult Social Care sector. The units are split between knowledge and competence, which cover different areas of Health and Social Care such as supporting person centred approaches, advocacy, supporting those with disabilities, learning disabilities or dementia and gives the opportunity for
individuals to choose a preferred pathway.
Within Health and Social Care, there are numerous roles and job opportunities depending on the
qualifications you have or are working towards.
There is a two hour session each week in the centre for 36 weeks or a year, during which you gain the knowledge to be able to compile the required evidence.
Learners need to be within a work placement for at least a half a day a week to gain the practical experience and achieve the competence level required.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners need to be at least 16 years of age and be working or volunteering in an appropriate work placement.
You will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).
English and Maths will be assessed as this has to be at a good level to progress.
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to work in a health and social care setting. Job roles could include:
• Care assistants / support workers / key workers in residential settings, care environments, day services or domiciliary services
• Healthcare assistants / support workers in acute health environments, community and primary care environments
• Support workers in supported living projects
• Community-based care assistants / support workers / key workers, including those working in specialist areas e.g. dementia, learning disabilities
• Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families
• Emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models