This course provides a mixture of both core and specialist knowledge over a two year period. Students will be expected to carry out extensive work experience to develop their skills and knowledge. High standards of attire are a strict requirement during your course and will include a set college uniform. Text books relating to your course will be available and these are essential for your learning.

As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will either need to be working or be on a practical placement, during the taught programme of study and therefore will also require a clear Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

The course starts with students learning the core knowledge for the Health sector. This includes consideration of the following 13 aspects:

  • Working within the health and science sector
  • Health, safety and environmental regulations in the health and science sector
  • Managing information and data within the health and science sector
  • Managing personal information
  • Good scientific and clinical practice
  • Core scientific concepts
  • The healthcare sector
  • Providing person centred care
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Further science concepts
  • Health and safety regulations applicable in the healthcare sector
  • Safeguarding
  • Infection prevention and control in the health specific settings.

Students then develop specialist knowledge required for this particular sector. This includes showing competence of the knowledge and skills of following performance outcomes.

  • Assist with an individual’s overall care and needs to ensure comfort and wellbeing.
  • Assist health professionals with clinical or therapeutic tasks and interventions
  • Undertake a range of physiological measurements.

Core knowledge is assessed through an Employer Set Project and an externally marked exam. These elements are combined to provide a final grade between A*-U.

The specialist knowledge ensures students develop the knowledge and skills necessary. In year two there are specialisms that can be followed. Students will be assessed by synoptic assessments and simulation activities. The specialisms are as follows:

  • Mental health
  • Midwifery
  • Adult nursing.

Students are required to complete a large number of hours in a health placement with a maximum of two employers. Progress on placement is assessed by observation. Students need to achieve good progress against set targets.

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School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies.

If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. Find more information on Advanced Learner Loans on our website.

If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support

You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course).

* If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement.

It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our helpful Careers Team on 01329 815 200.