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Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points.

In addition, you will need a GCSE at Grade A–C or new GCSE Grade 4-9 in English Language, or an equivalent level 2 qualification in English.

 

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1 year

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2 years

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Key Features & Benefits

  • Gain a Higher Education qualification in one-year of full-time study
  • Validated by Lancaster University
  • Choose to extend your qualification by joining the second year of the Foundation Degree in Social Care and Wellbeing

The Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) in Social Care and Wellbeing is a new type of qualification available for students wishing to start a Higher Education qualification. The course is validated by Lancaster University.

Overview

The Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) in Social Care and Wellbeing is a new type of qualification available for students wishing to start a Higher Education qualification. The course is validated by Lancaster University. 

You will be able to complete this qualification in just one year of full-time study which makes it ideal if you are looking to start a new career sooner. If, at the end of the your year of full-time study, you wish to continue your Higher Education journey with us, you will be able to join the second year of our Foundation Degree in Social Care and Wellbeing. This will enable you to achieve a Foundation Degree in two years of full-time study.

This is a new flexible type of qualification for students who may not be able to commit to three years of full-time academic study.

This course should appeal to you if you need to fit studying around other commitments or if you are looking to take your first step into Higher Education after a gap of study.

Caring for others is an important and challenging vocation and one which provides increasing opportunities for employment and career progression. Emphasis is now being placed within the NHS, Social Services, private and voluntary agencies on the education and training of care workers who are not professionally registered, to enable them to contribute to the improvement in the quality and performance of the care services. Similarly, the aging population in the UK is leading to an increased demand for suitably qualified professionals in the sector. This means job opportunities and the opportunities for career progression are plentiful.

This course is designed to equip you with the values, knowledge and skills that can be utilised and are specifically relevant to employment in Social Care and Wellbeing. Our programme reflects contemporary issues, changing trends and challenges and has an emphasis on improving the quality of care delivery within the sector.

What will I study?

 

The course provides you with the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and experience and to further develop specific knowledge, skills and values relevant to the current and emerging needs of employment in the adult social care environment.

It will enable you to assess, plan, implement and make sound judgments in effective care delivery in accordance with the core values of care work in line with Skills for Care.

You will explore and debate issues arising from the social, cultural, moral, legal and political context in which care workers operate. You will develop your interpersonal and communication skills and will be encouraged to identify and use relevant information effectively. You will learn to locate and evaluate evidence and research and apply this in your practice and decision making in the work place.

You will study the following modules to complete your Social Care and Wellbeing (CertHE).

Modules include:

  • Promoting Safeguarding 
  • Effective Collaboration in the Social Care Sector       
  • Emotional Wellbeing 
  • Introduction to Social Care Policy
  • Reviewing Academic Literature 
  • Principles for Ethical, Professional Practice 

 

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points.

In addition, you will need a GCSE at Grade A–C or new GCSE Grade 4-9 in English Language, or an equivalent level 2 qualification in English.

If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English (please see below).

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience, on an individual basis considered and invited to interview. The interview will consider your prior formal qualifications, and your evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable source. 

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications. Additionally, mature students who gained their Level 3 qualifications more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you, you will be interviewed before being given an offer for the course.

Any offer will be based on your previously gained skills and experience. The interview will consider your prior formal qualifications, and your evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable source.

You will need to undergo a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check at a cost of £50 to be paid by the student.

For non-native speakers of English you must demonstrate proficiency of English equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework, specifically IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no more than 2 sub scores below IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

This qualification is a higher education qualification in its own right and it may be appropriate that some students take this 1+1+1 route to achieving their honours. Even if an application to a foundation degree is made you may advise that this route is better for the potential student and make the offer of the Cert HE.

Care Leavers or Young Carers

We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of teaching, learning and assessments will be used emphasising the relationship between theory and real life issues /experience in practice. Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by: examinations:

  • Examinations
  • E-Portfolio
  • Practice Focused Essays
  • Practice Focused Reports
  • Group presentations
  • Simulations/role play
  • Projects
  • Peer assessment

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, open book examinations, group projects, essays, assignments or briefs, presentations, group presentations, portfolio building, self-assessments and peer assessments. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

What can I do next?

The Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) Social Care and Wellbeing is a valuable qualification in its own right preparing the students for employment within a range of roles within Social Care.

For those wishing to continue with their studies, entry onto the second year of the Foundation Degree in Social Care and Wellbeing, which is delivered for one academic year, full-time, is permitted.

Jobs in social care offer a huge amount of variety, as well as the opportunity to positively impact upon the lives of others.

For those wishing to continue with their studies at University Centre at Blackburn College, you must have successfully completed the Certificate of Higher Education Social Care and Wellbeing to gain entry onto Year 2 of Foundation Degree in Social Care and Wellbeing, which is delivered for one academic year, full-time.

  • Ofsted Good
  • Lancaster University.
  • University of South Wales.
  • University of Central Lancashire.
  • Skills for Health Quality Mark
  • Advance HE.
  • University of the Arts London.
  • Disability Confident Employer.