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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

What opportunities will this course give me?

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills essential to the health and social care sector and supports progression into Higher Education or the work place.
Successful learners can access a wide range of job opportunities, supporting different service user groups in a variety of settings. These include people with physical disabilities, older people, individuals with learning disabilities, mental health issues and children and families. Settings include hospitals, care homes, community and supported living/group homes.
Working in the sector requires ongoing training. Development opportunities are available up to Higher Education level. Higher Education progression routes include Higher Apprenticeships or Degrees in adult nursing, child nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery, learning disability nursing and social work.

What will I be learning?

This two year programme offers progression from the Certificate through to the Extended Diploma, dependent on your grades and achievement in year one.

You will study mandatory units covering key subjects such as:
• Equality, diversity and rights
• Human growth and development
• Safeguarding and protection
• Communication in health and social care
• Infection prevention and control
• Psychological and sociological perspectives
• Reflective practice
• Anatomy and physiology.

You will also undertake work placements in real work environments to support your learning, observe professional practice in action and gain valuable employability skills.

Any learner beginning the course without a GCSE A*- C / 9-4 grade or Functional Skills Level 2 in English or maths will be required to undertake a GCSE programme.

Why is this course for me?

You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers using a variety of teaching methods; you will learn through a mixture of practical and theoretical work, both in and outside of college.

Assessment is through a combination of written assignments and external assessments. Learners are timetabled to attend college over three days and are expected to spend the rest of the week at placement and/or completing self-directed study outside of class.

Year One learners will be interviewed to determine suitability for Year Two progression.

What do I need to sign up?

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade A*- C / 9-4 including English or successful completion of a Level 2 qualification at an A/A* grade.

You will need to undertake an interview in college demonstrating your interest and commitment to study in this vocational area. You will need to be organised, motivated, have excellent communication skills and be confident to work with others and use your own initiative.

Successful completion of Year 1 of a Level 3 programme is a pre-requisite to entry onto Year 2.

Is there anything else I need to know?

There is a mandatory requirement for students to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to attend work placement. The DBS application and associated ID evidence must be processed by October half term for learners to continue further with their course.
Learners are required to provide their own stationery and encouraged to purchase a core textbook, details of which can be obtained at the start of the year.

If you show that you have true potential in the early weeks there could be an opportunity to apply for our other level 3 hybrid Health and Social Care in conjunction with University Hospital - Southampton.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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6/9/2021 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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24+: £2,245.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
DSC1 Eastleigh College 6/9/2021 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,245.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014