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BTEC Diploma in Exploring the Caring Sectors (Health & Social Care) Level 1 at Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Course description

Learning Environment

As an Early Years student, you may spend up to 50% of your time on work placement! It’s an absolutely essential element of your course and is a way to give your portfolio a boost. It will demonstrate to employers that you have gained a broad range of work skills whilst studying for your qualifications.

It will also improve your confidence around both clients and colleagues.

Your taught sessions will be based in our dedicated childcare training room, which is fully equipped with resources and materials. Our teaching team are highly experienced, having worked in a wide variety of childcare establishments.

Work Experience

Depending on which course you are studying, your work placement may be weekly or in blocks. Those on Level Three programmes must gain experience of work placements in multiple settings.

Typical placement settings include schools, children’s centres, nurseries and day care centres.

Those studying at Level Three are able to experience placements that deal with babies.

Events and Trips

Day trips, excursions and socials are great for team building and can really help develop your confidence and communication skills.

Experts from the world of Care and Early Years regularly visit the College to talk about their experiences and their own journey to career success.

Previous speakers have included Nursery Nurses, Teaching Assistants and Teachers.

We have an excellent relationship with local universities, who often present at the College to showcase the range of Care and Early Years areas that can be studied at a higher level.

English and Maths

Alongside your main programme, you will attend classes to develop your skills and confidence in English and Maths. These skills are extremely important for any future job role that you may have.

Functional skills are essential for tasks such as helping children and young people learn their own

English and Maths skills, preparing documents and reports, working to a budget and communicating with parents and colleagues.

Uniform

You will be required to wear a Dearne Valley College polo shirt during work placement duties. This is available at a very reasonable price from the College.

Assessment Methods

• Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete. These will be in a variety of formats, such as work experience, presentations, posters, group work, reports and other activities

• Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies

• Practical/Group Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace

Course content

This course covers:

·         Introduction to the Caring Sectors

·         Health and Social Care Needs

·         Creative and Leisure Activities for Adults in Health and Social Care

·         Learning Experiences for Young Children

·         Keeping Children Safe

Entry requirements

Entry requirements:

·         Completion of a GCSE programme or equivalent is recommended

·         Successful curriculum interview and assessment

Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete. These will be in a variety of formats, such as work experience, presentations, posters, group work, reports and other activities

Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies

Practical/Group Work: Your tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace

Financial information

Money Matters

The College has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college or your studies.

16–19 Bursary

If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training, you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary. Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.

  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people claiming income support/Universal Credit in their own name
  • Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name

However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary bursary which is means-tested and allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.

College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £25,000, good standards of behaviour, and over 90% attendance.

The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.

Learner Support and Welfare Fund

The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment, help with travel expenses, childcare, and other costs related to attending college to study. These means-tested funds are limited, and allocated based on specific priorities and criteria.

If you are 19 years old or more, have a good attendance and your gross household income does not exceed £25,000, you could be eligible for these funds. The College also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short term.

Support with Childcare Costs

The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of, or for the full year.

If you are 20 years old or more, the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.

In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn

16-18 Student Concessionary Bus Pass

If you are attending college on a full-time basis and you meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass for bus and tram travel, and halved fares on local Northern Rail services in South Yorkshire.

For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com

Free school Meals

If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit the Student Services Centre for more information.

NUS Extra Card

NUS extra is the ultimate, must-have student card! It gives you access to hundreds of discounts exclusively for students – including ASOS, Amazon, Topshop, House of Fraser, National Express, New Look, JJB Sports, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and many, many more.

The card costs just £12 and can be purchased directly from the NUS website: www.nus.org.uk

Future opportunities

Opportunities after the course:

You may have the opportunity to progress onto an Apprenticeship, or you may be able to study Early Years at a higher level, such as the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development or BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at www.ofsted.gov.uk, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”


      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey

      Ofsted

      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. www.ofsted.gov.uk