Diploma in Care

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 2
Awarding body NCFE/CACHE
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This qualification will support learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings such as hospital wards, health clinics, or hospital laboratories.

The Diploma in Care study programme will consist of 4 key elements which you will need to complete:

·         Main qualification – as above

·         Individual and group tutorial sessions

·         Industry related work placement

·         Development of English and mathematics.

Course content is made up of 2/3 days in college (depending upon maths and English timetables) and 1 day in a health and social care placement. This course also includes a Dementia Awareness qualification.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE subjects at 3 points or D grade and above, including GCSE English or an appropriate Level 1 qualification. You will also need to attend an interview at the college and supply details of two personal referrees (non family) to support your application. You will require a clear enhanced DBS form, otherwise you will not be accepted onto the course.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

This course includes a variety of topics such as communication, person centred approaches to care, supporting individuals with day to day activities and understanding mental health and well-being.

Learning will take place via theoretical learning in the classroom and via placement learning. A variety of teaching methods are implemented in order to offer maximum learning opportunities throughout this course including workshops, seminars, IT sessions, one to one tutorials and practical sessions.

Modules may include;

- The role of the health and social care worker

- Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

- The principles of Infection Prevention and Control

- Principles of Health promotion.

You will need to complete 14 mandatory units and 4 optional units to achieve this qualification.

The Mandatory Units include;

• Human Growth and Development
• Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
• Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
• Protection of Children, Young People and Adults in Health and Social Care

Optional Units include:
• Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Sociology of Health and Illness
• Behaviour Change in Health and Social Care

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed in a number of ways, including;

- Assignment based tasks
- Assessment at placement
- Externally assessed assignments.

What next

This qualification will enable you to progress on to the Level 3 qualification. Alternatively, at the end of the course you will have the skills required to pursue a career within the health sector such as an Assistant Dietician, Maternity Support Worker, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Occupational Health Therapy Assistant, or Physiotherapy Assistant.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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