Overview top

  • Do you want to know more about the health and social care sector?
  • Work within a supporting role in the evolving health and social care workforce?
  • Gain practical skills in the field of health and social care?
  • Learn more about dementia and its impact on an individual and their carers?

This full time qualification develops the knowledge and understanding needed when working within the health care sector. It aims to guide and assess the development of practical skills for those who wish to work in a supervised support role within the healthcare workforce. This qualification would give potential employees the knowledge required to enter the NHS.

A variety of essential areas of health and social care are studied including;

  • Communication
  • Equality and diversity
  • Safeguarding
  • Infection control
  • Personal development

The qualification also focuses on dementia awareness and provides the knowledge and skills needed to work within dementia care.

Study Programmes

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 L2 Diploma in Care
  • CACHE L2 Certificate in Understanding Dementia
  • Preparation for the world of work leading to work placement and enterprise
  • Enrichment activities such as visits, sports activities and enterprise

Entry Requirements top

2 GCSEs at grade D (3) including English Language, or a full level 1 qualification in a related subject. An interview with Health and Care staff and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This is a great course for all those who wish to work or are working in a supervised role with adults in health and social care environments.

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 or written assignments.

Professional Opportunities top

On successful completion of this one year programme learners may progress to the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.

Potential Career Routes

This qualification may facilitate direct entry into the NHS as it forms the basis of the Knowledge and Skills Framework that all new NHS staff have to complete and all existing staff have to undertake for their personal development.

Job roles can include; Care assistant in residential settings or supported living. Healthcare support workers in community and primary care environments. Healthcare assistants in acute health environments. Care support workers and senior workers in domiciliary services.