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Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Certificate Level 2 at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will get a good introduction to a variety of topics fundamental to working in adult social care. The course focuses on your professional knowledge and your language skills to help you find work in the rewarding Health and Social Care sector. Core units include: – Working in Adult Social Care – Person Centred Approaches in Social Care Settings – Safeguarding and Duty of Care in Adult Social Care Settings – Safe Working Practices in Health and Social Care Settings

The course runs two / three days a week for one year. You will also study Functional Skills in maths and English or ESOL and do a work experience placement for which you will need a DBS check.

Course content

The vocational content gives you a thorough introduction to a variety of topics and is delivered via four workbooks focusing on the key themes of Working in Adult Social Care, Person Centred Approaches in Social Care Settings, Safeguarding and Duty of Care in Adult Social Care Settings, and Safe Working Practices in Health and Social Care Settings. You will take part in a variety of lively discussions, projects and other classroom based activities as well as doing a 3 week work placement to reinforce your learning. You will also have language classes themed around the vocational work for 6 hours per week. Here you will develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. There is also a weekly maths lesson to reinforce the skills you will need in the workplace and daily life.


Entry requirements

A College assessment and interview and an appropriate level of English.



For your NCFE qualification you will produce a portfolio of completed assignments which are internally marked and graded. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course to ensure you stay on track; you must complete all coursework in order to pass. In addition you will take exam based assessments in English or ESOL and Maths, leading to Functional Skills qualifications.


Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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