These are Level 3 courses that take up nearly the whole of your timetable. Each Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and can be used for University entry as well as for job applications. There is a strong emphasis on coursework with some external testing.
You will need at least 4 GCSEs at A*-C (grade 9-4). You will normally need at least a grade C/4 in English Language and Maths. Non- GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total.
You will learn about the care needs of different groups, including the elderly, young children and people with disabilities and how care professionals meet these needs.
You will learn about the care needs of different groups, including the elderly, young children and people with disabilities and how care professionals meet these needs. Assignments and projects are based on realistic workplace situations and you will learn about the standards expected in care settings. The course includes essential work placements so you can develop your practical skills and work alongside health and social care professionals.
These are some of the areas you will study:
• Developing effective communication
• Equality, diversity and rights
• Health, safety and security
• Development through the life stages
• Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology
• Personal and professional development
• Sociological perspectives
• Psychological perspectives
Working within care settings is an essential part of the course. This gives you practical skills needed in addition to the theoretical knowledge you will gain on the course. You will need to complete a minimum of 10 days work placement per year which will involve working in a variety of settings. This will usually be arranged through a 1 day a week placement and several block placements. The College will find these placements for you. Because you will be in a real workplace you will need to meet professional standards of attendance, punctuality and reliability. We will work with you to help you prepare, including supporting you in making an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The College will subsidise this, but you may be asked to make a contribution to the cost. Some placements will also require a medical check. You need to be aware that placements are located across Sheffield and you will need to make your own travel arrangements.
You will need at least 4 GCSEs at A*-C (grade 9-4). You will normally need at least a grade C/4 in English Language and Maths. Non-GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total, but we will also look at your overall academic profile. You should have a general interest in social care, health or special needs. An aspiration to work in the health and social care professions is desirable.
Your work will be assessed through assignment work and your work placement.