The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.
There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.
Young people who are committed and determined to start a rewarding and successful career in any of the health care or social care professions will be really interested in this course. Many of our Level 3 students have gone on to do Nursing Degrees either at university or through a Nursing Apprenticeship. We’ve also helped future teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, senior support workers, and many others on their way to successful careers. There are so many different possible rewarding roles in health and social care, and it’s a sector that always has job vacancies and high employment opportunities both on the Island and elsewhere around the world.
The Level 3 study programme is a mixture of work experience, formal qualification, and building on the skills that are most sought-after within health and social care. It’s a two-year programme and there will be a mixture of social care and health care industry experience opportunities. You’ll be on placement for half of your first year and all of your second year, for at least two days a week, working in a health or social care setting alongside qualified and experienced professionals, and working directly with people who need care and support. Those people are often the most vulnerable members of your community, and in order to look after them effectively, you will be developing communication skills, team working skills, building self-confidence, demonstrating the importance of reliability and trustworthiness, and other qualities of a care worker. There will be some classroom learning, for about two days a week, and through group seminars and one-to-one tutorials you will discover the links between your industry experience, your developing job-readiness skills, and the theoretical framework.
The industry experience is hands-on learning within a health or social care setting. The classroom-based learning will be a mixture of group tasks and independent research. We have a lot of links with local employers, and you will learn through visiting speakers, activities set up by groups of employers, and group visits to various locations both on the Island and on the Mainland.
You will be assessed against the targets that you set at the start of Year 1. These will be based around your work-readiness, according to what local employers tell us that they need from new care staff. You will be assessed on these work-readiness skills during your placements. Your main vocational qualification will be the Cache/NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, with a specialist focus on Health Studies. The qualification consists of 18 units over the two years, marked by college; and two exams, one at the end of each year.
At the end of the second year, you will have the equivalent of three A-Levels, and you will be able to apply to university with this qualification.
Tops Day Nurseries offers flexible hours, so you only book and pay for the hours you need.
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