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Health and Social Care

If you work, or wish to work, in a range of health and social care settings, this full-time course will provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in care and social care.

Qualification: FDA

UCAS code: L511

Study mode: Full-time

Location: Aylesbury Vale Campus

Duration: Two years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This course will be of interest to people who are planning a career in, or already working in a range of health and social care settings. This may include residential care homes, day care centres, nursing homes, voluntary organisations, drop in centres, special schools, or agencies providing domiciliary care for vulnerable, elderly and disabled groups.

You could be working with a range of different people including those with mental health needs, learning disabilities, elderly, disabled or young adults in care.

You can also choose to study this course at our High Wycombe Campus or in Slough.

What will this course cover?

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in care and social care.

The learning is structured around your present or future employment, and has been planned with employers to meet the needs of the workforce in health and social care.

In year one, you will study patterns, causes and effects of health and disease in different populations; understand how different cultures and communities have differing health and social needs; Health and Social Care policy; and effective communication in all areas of Health and Social Care.

In your second year, we will cover management and leadership; considerations for making Health and Social Care your career; research methodologies; developing personal and professional practice.

Year One

  • Epidemiology, Health and Social Science: An Introduction
  • Understanding Culture and Communities
  • Health and Social Care Policy
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Year Two

  • Life-long Career in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Personal and Professional Practice
  • Management and Leadership in Integrated Health and Social Care Services
  • Principles of Research Methodologies for Health and Social Care

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course uses flexible and diverse study methods including work-related and self-directed learning, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will also be required to use your work experiences (if in employment) or undertake a suitable placement (if not in employment) to underpin your learning.

The course leader will arrange this with you and support you throughout. The minimum length of placement is three weeks in each year of study.

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent) and a UCAS tariff score of 40-56. This can be achieved from an NVQ Level 3 or BTEC Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

We welcome applications from mature students.

You do not always need formal qualifications to apply, but will need to have an interview with the course leader.

How much does it cost?

Fees for 2015 - 2016 entry: Home and EU students: £5,000 per year.

Fees for 2016 - 2017 entry: Home and EU students: £5,000 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

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