Health & Social Care
Why study at West?
Are you interested in a career in Health and Social Care, and do you believe that everyone is entitled to receive high quality care and support?
If you answered yes – then you will learn first-hand from our highly qualified and professional team of Lecturers who have a wealth of experience working in Health and Social Care settings. The team will provide you with a clear pathway for study in a variety of care related subjects developing your knowledge and skills that will prepare you for future learning, work, and life.
Our dedicated practical rooms offer a simulated environment to develop your skills, such as first aid, and include digital enabled care. Our department works closely with industry partners such as NHS Scotland, Quarriers, and local authorities. We also have a close affiliation with universities such as GCU, UWS and Stirling.
In choosing this course it will allow you to shape your career in Care and work towards your goals in whichever direction you wish to take. This may include Support Worker, Key Worker, Team Leader, supporting individuals with learning disabilities, older adults, working with children and young people, mental health and individuals living with addiction issues.
What will I learn?
This national 5 level course prepares and equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to meet the needs of children, young people and adults who use care and educational services. This course gives you and understanding of what you will need to know to work successfully in a range of care practice settings .The course is taught using a variety of Learning & Teaching methods.
You'll learn about:
- Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
- The Needs of Children and Adults and an Awareness of the Care Services that can meet these needs
- Mental Health, Coping Strategies and Wellbeing
- Psychological Theories and Sociological Concepts Relevant to Care Practice
- The ways in which Positive Care Practice is based on Legislation, Values, Principles, Knowledge and Skills
What qualifications do I need?
You will need:
- You will need three Level 4 qualifications, preferably including one in English or have successfully completed a Care course at Level 4
- Provide one satisfactory references
- Provide proof of your qualifications
- Why do you want to study a care course?
- What field of care do you want to work in – healthcare, social care, or childcare?
- What skills and qualities do you possess and how could these be used in a care setting?
- Do you have any care / work experience to date?
- Any other information that would support your application
- Higher Health and Social Care (SCQF level 6)
- NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF level 6)
- SWAP Access to Childhood Practice or Nursing (additional criteria applies)
If you do not have formal qualifications ,we will ask you to demonstrate academic ability by completing a written piece of work
To be considered for a place on the course, you must:
A personal statement on your application is mandatory for this course and should include the following:.
What can I do after?
After successfully completing this course, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to apply for job in care, or you could develop your skills further by studying another course such as::
Duration: 36 weeks/3 days per week
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