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Health and Social Care Level 3 at Malvern Hills College

Course description

The Health and Social Care tutors have a wealth of experience, from a variety of care settings, which our students benefit from. The courses on offer provide students with the opportunity to progress on to study at university in areas such as nursing and social work, or to move into employment in a range of care settings.

Work experience is an important part of the Level 2 and Level 3 full-time Health and Social Care courses, providing invaluable hands on, practical experience. Theory is also an important part of the courses, giving students the underpinning knowledge so that they are confident when working with client groups with different needs. Students studying on the Apprenticeship programme study at College one day each week and spend the remainder of the week in their place of work, where they are assessed regularly on their abilities and skills by a dedicated assessor. Studying Health and Social Care can lead to a rewarding career and provide the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.

The Level 3 course is an excellent qualification to progress into Higher Education or employment at a level with responsibilities.

Course content

What’s involved?

You will be studying a wide range of units:

  • Core units include Developing Effective Communications, Equality, Diversity and Rights, Health, Safety and Security, Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology and Sociology
  • You will also study a selection of specialist topics including Caring for Children and Young People, Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence, Values and Planning, Dementia, Nutrition.
  • You will go on work placements in a variety of settings over the two years such as schools, nurseries, day centres, care homes, housing associations, hospitals and hospices.
  • As part of your study programme you will complete Maths, English or Employability qualifications at a suitable level.

Students will also complete up to 148 hours in work placement per year.

How will I be studying?

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic work situations and activities. You will also be developing the wide range of valuable skills you need to start a career or progress onto Higher Education.

Entry requirements

You will need a broad education and preferably five GCSEs Grade A* - C, including English.  Students with a relevant Level 2 qualification may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant work or life experience may not need to fulfill entry requirements, as long as they can demonstrate that they are academically capable of working at this level. 

You will also need a successful interview. All applicants will require a DBS check.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care you can choose to use the qualification to progress on to university, for degrees in areas such as nursing, midwifery, social work, social welfare, psychology, counselling. These qualifications are also valued by employers in areas such as care homes, day centres, children’s centres, primary care trusts, housing, community work, domestic violence and a wide range of voluntary sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malvern Hills College directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016

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    • The Malvern campus has been a centre of excellence for Art and Crafts for many years. Malvern town centre is nearby with its leisure, theatre and shopping facilities and fabulous backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

      The campus has...

      ·         Professional hair and beauty therapy salons.

      ·         Dedicated hair and beauty teaching facilities.

      ·         Several art and crafts studios.

      ·         Exhibits of the students’ work.

      ·         The Malvern Community Learning Centre.

      ·         Fully equipped IT facilities.

      In addition to the Learning Resources Centre, and the Refectory.