Course Title CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
Level: 3
Code Y809

Overview of the Course

This specialist work-related qualification will give you the knowledge and skills to enable you to work in the Health and Social Care industry. To be successful on the course you will need to be able to use communication skills, meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a team. You will combine classroom study with two days a week of work placement in a care setting. There will be an opportunity for some students, through a partnership with Pennine Acute Trust, to carry out a work placement as a Healthcare Support Worker. In addition you can also study GCSE or Functional Skills in maths and English if required. A commitment to studying on a full-time course is essential.

What are the career opportunities?

This qualification will be beneficial if you want to enter employment in the health and care sector including hospitals, health centres, care homes and social work settings. Many students who complete this course find employment as Health Care Assistants.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language 9-4 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a one year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed through coursework and observation of your practice in placement. You will study a variety of units which cover care values, communication, dementia, safeguarding, communication, mental health, equality and inclusion and infection control. You will have the opportunity to study both GCSE maths and English.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the Health and Social Care sector you need to be able to engage with people of all different backgrounds and treat them in a professional and caring manner. You will need to be able to work as part of a team, yet also learn to make decisions and work on your own initiative. You will have to be hardworking and dedicated to caring for others and be able to follow instructions. In Health and Social Care, English and communication skills are vital. You need to be able to communicate clearly with people from all different walks of life and you may have to overcome some communication barriers. You need to be able to listen closely to service users and know how to respond effectively to their requests. As well as verbal communication, written skills are essential as accurate record keeping in Health and Social Care is vitally important. Maths also plays a key role in the Health and Social Care sector. You will need to manage your time effectively as often shift work is involved. In some roles, you will also need to be aware of measurements required for medicine and be able to work out the frequency of a service user’s medication.

Work experience

Work experience is a mandatory part of this course. You will attend placement two days a week where you will be observed and assessed throughout the year demonstrating your care and clinical skills. Placement experience will be mostly in adult care and some students will have the opportunity to be placed on NHS wards within the Pennine Acute Trust.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

There will be many enrichments opportunities throughout your time on the course such as guest speakers from within the Health and Social Care sector and course related visits and careers events. You will also be able to take part in sport and fitness activities and charity events. You may also have the opportunity to join the Student Action Group, which gives students the chance to be the voice of their peers.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You will require a DBS check for placement, Bury College will cover the cost of this. Bury College will provide you with a placement uniform.

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