Overview top

This is a full-time, practical, work-related course that is complete in one year. Learners must spend a minimum of 200 hours in a work placement alongside study at college. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector and will develop skills you need to start a career. A range of units will make up this programme include:

  • Principles of Communication in Adult Social Care
  • Principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Adult Social Care. 
  • Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care.

All those who wish to work or are working in an unsupervised role with adults in a health and social care environment.

Study Programme

Changes to the way the Government funds courses for students aged 16 and over means that instead of a single course, students are required to complete a full time study programme. (whether they come to college or stay on at school) This means all 16 to 19 year olds will be offered high quality study programmes aimed at giving them the best opportunity to move into higher education or secure skilled employment.

All students who are able will take a substantial qualification recognised by employers as being of real benefit to them in securing work or a university place. Where appropriate, students will also take part in work experience. Students who don't have a GCSE in English and maths at 16 will continue to study these subjects after 16.

Students who aren't able to study a qualification will take a programme of work experience focusing on developing their employability skills, along with work to develop numeracy, literacy and other core education skills. If you decide to continue your studies at South Tyneside College your study programme will look like this a main qualification: CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

  • Preparation for the world of work leading to work placement and enterprise 
  • Enrichment activities such as visits, sports activities and enterprise

Entry Requirements top

Learners must be aged 19+ to apply for this course. 

A minimum of 4 GCSE subjects including maths or English at grade A-C (9-4), or a full level 2 qualification in a related subject. You must also have an interview with Health and Social Care staff and have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Assessment top

The course is assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Professional Opportunities top

On successful completion learners can progress to the Level 3 Cache Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults). If you want to get a job straight away you could work in Health Centres, Registered Care Homes or Primary Care Trust.

Job roles may include:

  • Care Assistants in Residential Settings or Supported Living
  • Healthcare Support Workers in Community and Primary Care Environments
  • Healthcare Assistants in Acute Health Environments
  • Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services