Health and Social Care

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time, Full Time

 

What will I study?

Level 2 Health and Social Care (Full-time)

This one-year course is designed to develop your knowledge, and the skills required to work within this diverse sector as one of our future key workers. This theoretical and practical course will give you a broader and more focused insight into the health and social care sector.

As part of the course you will attend a work placement one day each week, where you'll gain first-hand experience of what is expected of health and social care workers. This placement will allow you to participate in caring for diverse client groups.

Level 3 Health and Social Care (Full-time) 

This two-year course has been specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to work in health and social care. You will develop a detailed understanding of health and social care settings, expected values and behaviours when working in a care role and gain valuable work experience in a health or care setting. As part of the course, you will attend work placement one day per week.


How will I be assessed?

Level 2: you will be assessed on your knowledge and skills through externally set exams and internally set assignments - all externally quality assured.

Level 3: you will be assessed through a range of externally set assessments and exams. You must also complete a specified amount of work experience hours to gain your qualification. 


How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

All Health and Social Care Apprenticeships require you to complete off-the-job learning for 20% of your working week. This can be made up of classroom and online learning activities, learning in the workplace and through shadowing, mentoring and supervision activities. You will also complete distance learning and assignment completion, online learning activities and achieve your Care Certificate. Dental Nurses will complete online exams.  Assistant Practitioners will have a number of externally set assignments and controlled assessments.

You will attend College to complete your Functional Skills qualification. You will also complete learning using HegartyMaths and Century online. Functional Skills will be assessed through online tests.

Your Assessor/Coach will visit you in the workplace to undertake a variety of assessment activities such as observations, professional discussions, and review of your work products as you progress through your diploma and your Standard. This is to ensure that your knowledge and skills development is evidenced consistently in your everyday practice, i.e. ‘your know how and know why.’ You will also be assessed through assignment work, written and oral questions.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the development of your knowledge and competence. This will be quality assured to ensure it is authentic, sufficient and valid, before quality assurance from the external awarding organisation.

Your Assessor/Coach will review your learning and progress in relation to your knowledge, skills and behaviours through a series of defined milestones and mock EPAs to keep you on track to progress and achieve as planned.

In order to achieve your Apprenticeship, you will complete the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is assessed by an Independent Awarding Organisation, such as City and Guilds or CACHE.  Following your EPA you will be awarded a grade by your independent assessor.

The preparation for your EPA is ongoing throughout your Apprenticeship but towards the end of your programme you will begin detailed preparations. This may be the development of a portfolio showcasing your development, or a workplace project. There may be a multiple choice test. There is a professional discussion about your development towards and achievement of your Standard. 

End Point Assessments are as follows:

Adult Care Worker: Multiple choice situational test and professional discussion

Lead Adult Care Worker: Multiple choice situational test and professional discussion

Health Care Support Worker: Multiple choice test, observation of practice and evidence portfolio

Senior Health Care Support Worker: Multiple choice/short answer test, observation of practice, learning journal and interview

Dental Nurse: Knowledge test, observation of practice and an interview; underpinned by a  showcase portfolio.

Lead Practitioner in Adult Care: Observation of practice and professional discussion.

Assistant Practitioner: Multiple choice/short answer test, observation of practice, learning journal and interview.

Leader in Adult Care: Observation of leadership and a professional discussion.

 



What will this lead to?

Level 2: With the knowledge and qualification earned on this course, you will have everything you need to advance onto the Level 3 Technical Healthcare qualification - or one of our new T Levels, taking your skills even further. For students who wish to enter into employment, jobs include home carer, healthcare assistant, support worker, personal assistant and occupational therapist technician.

Level 3: On completion of the Level 3 qualification you will have a huge range of options available to take your knowledge, skills and abilities to variety of university courses including Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Youth Work, Sociology and Psychology.

You may also want to continue your studies in your local area. If you do, University Campus Oldham has a foundation degree course in Health and Social Care, BSc (Hons) Health and Community Studies and BSc (Hons) Psychology.

For students who wish to enter into employment, there are a vast array options available to you, including clinical health worker, youth service worker, midwifery assistant and mental health/learning disability support worker.


What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

We aim for all learners to progress within their job, through additional duties or promotion, or to undertake further study at the end of their Apprenticeship. Some examples of progression are as follows:

Adult Care Worker: On completion of your Level 2 Apprenticeship it is important to consolidate your learning and develop your competencies. Progression to further learning specific to your job role provides excellent opportunities. Dependent on your job role you may be able to progress to Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship.

Lead Adult Care Worker: Provides a springboard for excellent career opportunities and taking greater responsibilities within your role or specialising in a particular field, such as mental health or dementia. Further learning specific to your job role provides excellent opportunities. Dependent on your job role you may be able to undertake management training. There is also the possibility to apply for registered practitioner training or a foundation degree.

Health Care Support Worker: on completion of your Level 2 Apprenticeship it is important to consolidate your learning and develop your competencies. Progression to further learning specific to your job role provides excellent opportunities. Dependent on your job role, you may be able to progress onto a Senior Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship.

Senior Health Care Support Worker: After a period of working and gaining experience, if your job role is suitable, you may be able to work towards the Level 5 Assistant Practitioner or a Nursing Associate post. You may also be able to apply for registered practitioner training.

Dental Nurse: Some Dental Nurses undertake additional and extended duties within their scope of practice and clinical competence, e.g. taking impressions. Dental Nurses can also now see patients as part of a preventative programme without the prescription of a Dentist.

Lead Practitioner in Adult Care: On completion of this apprenticeship you may be supported by your employer to progress to a level 5 leadership and management apprenticeship or diploma.

Assistant Practitioner: You can progress onto further learning specific to your job role, or to higher education - such as foundation degree or registered practitioner.

Leader in Adult Care: You can progress onto further learning specific to your work role or move onto other parts of the sector e.g. become an advanced practitioner. Foundation / degree is also a natural progression route.



Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 


Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.