Level 3 Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
Would you like to support others and help them have the best quality of life possible? If so, this is the perfect course for you. This course is ideal if you have a caring and compassionate nature and believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. This course is ideal if you have a caring and compassionate nature and believe that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. If you have an interest in working with people who need short-term or long-term help and support, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen career and make a real difference to the lives of others.
Why should I choose the course?
If you dream of a career working with people and helping others on a daily basis, this course is ideal for you. Our experienced tutors will support you through this challenging subject, remaining open and approachable whilst encouraging you to reach your potential.
This course will give you the communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills that employers seek. Whether you aspire to be a nurse, social worker, midwife, or care assistant, you are sure to find a huge range of career possibilities to progress on to. The demand for health and social care workers is continuously rising, meaning you will have endless career opportunities upon completing your course.
The average starting salary for a career in health and social care is £23,000, with potential earnings progressing up to £40,000 for managerial roles. With life expectancies increasing and the need for carers and health professionals ever in demand, this sector is set to continue to grow.
What will I learn?
Throughout this varied programme you will study a huge variety of topics to gain the skills and knowledge needed within the health and social care sector. Topics of study include communication in health and social care, human growth and development, psychological perspectives, and infection prevention and control. During this course you will complete coursework to slowly build up your grade, alongside carrying out a work placement with a real employer to gain valuable hands-on skills.
What will the course lead on to?
This career-focused course will provide you with a wide range of hands-on work experience with real employers including primary schools, care homes and residential homes, with a long-term hospital placement also available to enhance your skills and provide a real insight into working life. We have fantastic links with local placement providers including Warrington Hospital, St Rocco’s hospice, and Catalyst Choices, meaning you will be spoilt for choice with the range of opportunities at your fingertips.
If you’re interested in continuing your studies after completing your level 3 course, you will be well prepared following informative visits to local universities such as Chester University, Edge Hill University, and UCLAN. These will help you to gain a wider understanding of the higher education and career opportunities related to your area of interest, and fully prepare you for your next step.
Are there any links with industry and university?
This career focused course will provide you with a wide range of hands-on work experience with real employers including primary schools, care homes and residential homes, with a long term hospital placement also available to enhance your skills and give a real insight into working life. We have fantastic links with local placement providers including Warrington Hospital, St Rocco’s hospice, and Catalyst choices, meaning you will be spoilt for choice at the range of opportunities at your fingertips.
If you’re interested in continuing your studies after completing your Level 3 course, you will be well prepared following informative visits to local universities such as Chester University, Edge Hill University and UCLAN. These will help you to gain a wider understanding of the Higher Educational and career opportunities related to your area of interest, and fully prepare you for your next step.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
The health & social care courses at Warrington & Vale Royal College are delivered by extremely skilled tutors from a variety of relevant industry backgrounds relevant to the subjects they teach. This course has a key focus on enrichment, careers, and work placement, in order to help you to take your first step on your journey towards your chosen career. Many students have established amazing connections and been inspired for the future after their work placement experiences.
Our health & social care courses regularly receive excellent student satisfaction reports, with students praising the quality of the teaching and the support they receive. Our tutors will focus on teaching you vital employability skills that will allow you to make a good impression in any health and social care role.
As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of exhibitions at museums such as the Slavery Museum and the Thackray Medical Museum, to enhance your knowledge of this sector. Previous students have enjoyed trips to Martos in Spain, helping to care for people with limited spoken English, giving students a difficult yet worthy challenge to overcome. You may even get the chance to take a bite of the big apple on an enrichment trip to New York!
What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed a Level 2 course and have GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4 or above . If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your either your GCSE English or maths and you wish to study at Level 3, you will be required to work towards GCSE English or maths as part of your qualification.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
You will need to complete an enhanced DBS check in order to attend work placement, at a cost of approximately £38. Other costs could include purchasing relevant textbooks and materials to the course, along with paying to go on trips and visits, although this is often a discounted price.
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