Diploma in Healthcare Support

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This qualification will develop your knowledge and skills relating to the clinical health care workforce and also the skills required to work in a range of clinical environments and carry out assessments or examinations.

The Diploma in Healthcare Support study programme will consist of 5 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 3 days in college and 2 days (around 14 hours per week) out in a variety of placements that reflect the changing Healthcare profession.

We offer numerous work experience placements to students who undertake this course. These placements are tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Some examples of current placements are:

Phlebotomy Assistant – Darlington Memorial Hospital

Occupational Therapy – Community Care placements

Rehabilitation – drug and alcohol services in Darlington

Residential Care – Care homes

PTS – Patient Transport Services

Entry requirements

5 GCSE subjects with 4 points or C grade and above, including 4 points or C grade in GCSE English or an appropriate Level 2 qualification (at a merit if graded) and a satisfactory school report.
You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives, so that the college can formally write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application. You will require a clear enhanced DBS form, otherwise you will not be accepted onto this course.

We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

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 covers a range of topics including gaining an insight into a clinical working environment, supporting individuals with day to day activities and understanding mental health and well-being.

Learning will take place via theoretical learning in the classroom three days per week and via placement learning for two days per week.  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



How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by your tutor or assessor from your workplace practice using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments.

What next

This qualification will enable you to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or to pursue a career within the health sector such as a Phlebotomist, Assistant Dietician, Medical Laboratory Assistant, New-born Hearing Screener, Nursing Healthcare Assistant, or Podiatry 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+ 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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