Coronavirus Update

Eastleigh College is now closed to the vast majority of learners and has now moved to online learning. The College remains open for 16-18 year old learners of key workers, and those learners with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). However for both categories, learners are asked to stay at home where it is safe to do so. Consistent with public health advice, learners and staff are asked to follow public health guidance and the steps outlined via the 'read more' button.

What opportunities will this course give me?

If you would like to attend a health and social care course with a dedicated work placement at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), then this is the course for you. You will work towards a CACHE level 3 Extended Diploma in Health Care which will develop the knowledge to support progression in the industry, as well as developing relevant skills and behaviours through work placements within UHS. This will enable to you to experience differing specialisms during weekly and block placements. Over the 2 years you will also complete the health and social care Care Certificate which demonstrates basic national care standards and is recognised across the Health and Social Care sector.

Interviews and applications will be decided jointly by Eastleigh College and UHS with a selection day.

At the end of the programme, learners are guaranteed an interview with UHS (either by phone or face to face) for a Healthcare Support Worker role.

What will I be learning?

The course involves assignment work and work placements for 2 years.

An example of year 1 is: Terms 2 to 5 in college or hospital for taught lessons. There will also be shadowing visits to specialist areas for a day during these terms. Term 6 could be the first placement in a clinical area. This would be for the whole term, 4 days a week.

An example of year 2 is: Terms 1, 2, 3 & 5 in college or hospital for taught lessons. Term 4 & 6 could be a placement in a specialist area. This would be for the whole term, 4 days a week. There will be opportunities to apply to be ''bank'' staff at points during this 2nd year.

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 and principles of science
- Health education

Why is this course for me?

Towards the end of the course you will be supported to be interview ready. Completion of the course guarantees you an interview for a Healthcare Support Worker vacancy if you have followed workplace values and have over 95% attendance at college and on work placement.

NB: A job is not guaranteed.

A role as a Healthcare Support Worker can lead to an opportunity to be ready to apply and undertake a Level 5 Nursing Associate Apprenticeship (2 year) or a Nurse Degree Apprenticeship at level 6 with (4 year programme no tuition fees) University Hospital Southampton or be ready for a university application locally or nationally.

How will my learning be enhanced?

The course is designed to give you real work experience in a hospital as well as a structured programme underpinning theory at college. You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers and hospital staff using a variety of teaching methods; you will learn through a mixture of practical and theoretical work, both in and outside of college.

Your assignments in Health and Social Care are continually assessed, both in the classroom and while you are on work placement with teaching and nursing staff. Assessment is through a combination of written assignments and external assessments.

You will need to allow time to work on your assignments independently.

Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?

We are the only college offering this hybrid opportunity to work with UHS.

What do I need to sign up?

You should be motivated, enthusiastic and demonstrate compassion with a genuine desire and passion to work in the Healthcare sector. You should hold a minimum of 6 GCSEs at 9 to 6 (A*- B) including Maths and English. You also require a positive school reference and you will have to complete a successful college interview and initial literacy and numeracy test.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will required an enhanced DBS check and a uniform. You will need to provide evidence of up-to-date vaccinations as required by UHS. Please contact IAG on Tel: (023) 8091 1000 for further information.

Key Dates:

19th March 2020 - Information Event
3rd April 2020 - Applications Deadline
20th - 24th April 2020 - Interview Week

Applications submitted after the deadline are subject to space left on the course.

If this is not the model for you, there will be an opportunity to apply for our other level 3 course in Health and Social Care.

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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Full-Time - 7/9/2020


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24+: £2,245.00

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UHSC1 Eastleigh College 7/9/2020 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

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.