Social Care & Early Years

Health and Social Care - Level 3

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
Course Code: C01032 CRF1A
QCF/NDAQ: 500/9501/8

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Coleraine


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 3rd September 2018
End date: 7th June 2019
Information Event: Y

Course Content

During the course 18 units are completed. Examples of some of the topics covered include:

  • Communicating in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Development Through the Life Stages
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health Education
  • Anatomy and Psychology

If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

Course Aims

This course provides the knowledge and skills for those wishing to work in the vocational areas of Care, Social Care and Health. It is equivalent to 3 A levels and is delivered by highly qualified, experienced staff, who provide a friendly, supportive environment in which to learn.

Special Features

Students will have the opportunity over the two years of the course to spend time in a range of different care settings working with older people, young children and individuals with special needs. In total students will spend 400 hours over 2 years in placement. As well as work placement, educational visits and guest speakers will be used on the course to relate theory to practice.

Assessment Methods

There is ongoing continuous assessment using assignments, including time constrained assignments, laboratory based assignments, projects, oral presentations, work placement reports, log books and reflective diaries.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a grade C in English and Maths or equivalent and satisfy ACCESS NI Assessment Methods and health checks. For applicants wishing to pursue a career in Nursing they must have at least 5 GCSE Grade C or above. Pass in GCSE English, Maths and Science is essential. In cases where there are more applications for this course than there are places available, candidates with the requisite entry requirements, will be given preference according to the date of receipt by the college of their application.

Two options are available in Coleraine: Health Studies or Social Care

Students may progress onto our BTEC HNC in Health and Social Care or onto our level 5 Foundation Degrees in Health and Social Care or Early Childhood Studies or a wide range of level 6 honours degree programmes such as Teaching, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Social Policy, Housing, Sociology, Criminology to name but a few. There are also opportunities to enter employment with the civil service, social care sector, nursing auxiliary and much more.

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This course is also available in other NRC campuses:

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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