Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Health and Social Care - Level 3

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Course Code: FE0112-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: CACHE Foundation Diploma Health and Social Care Level 3 Awarding Body: CACHE

Course aims

This course allows you to gain the practical skills and knowledge needed for a range of exciting career opportunities such as nursing, teaching, social work, paramedics and physiotherapy. A mix of practical and academic learning includes spending one day a week in work experience, which could be working in a hospital or with the elderly, children or those with additional needs.

Level 3 is a two year course, further developing your skills and giving you lots of options for either employment or further study.

Entry Requirements

Start at this Level 3 course if you have at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths. 

If you do not have these grades, you can start at Level 2.

If you do not qualify for Level 2, we have options for you. You can start on the Care Pathway course and then move up to Level 2 after that.

Entry Requirements

Course content

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Enquiries into current research
  • Work experience
  • Principles of safe practice
  • Promoting public health
  • Human lifespan development
  • Meeting individual care and support needs

Why the MET?

This course offers high levels of progression to employment and apprenticeships. You may also consider a university course, if you wish to explore that route.

You will experience different aspects of the sector through multiple work placements.The department has excellent employment links with local hospitals.

Our teachers bring a great range of industry experience and theoretical knowledge, and are committed to helping you attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Throughout the year you will also benefit from inspirational guest speakers and industry related trips.

  • Assessment
    • Written assignments
    • Controlled assessment
    • External examination

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • Industry standard equipment to develop practical, vocational skills
  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
Facilities at Brighton MET

Work experience

We have excellent links and partnerships with local employers to ensure we can place you in a suitable setting that fits your needs and career aspirations.

You will experience employment within the care sector and develop work-related skills, knowledge and understanding.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students. 

What's next?

90% of our students have been successful in obtaining places at University to study various programmes.

After the first year of this Level 3 course (which is a Foundation Diploma), students can progress to Year 2 and study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, students may undertake an apprenticeship in health and social care.

After this course you may wish to enter employment into the care industry as a Health Care Assistant, progress onto the Level 3 extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, or use this year as a top up of UCAS points if you have previously completed a Level 3 course.

Future career include:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Health care worker
  • Social work
  • Youth work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Teaching
  • Counselling
  • Policing
  • Nutritionist

Additional costs

You will have to purchase a t-shirt for your placement uniform costing £10 and it is advised you purchase a textbook costing £25.

Some financial help may be available. 

Additional costs
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Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Midwife

Typical Tasks:

  • Monitors condition and progress of patient and baby throughout pregnancy.
  • Delivers babies in normal births and assists doctors with difficult deliveries.
  • Monitors recovery of mother in postnatal period and supervises the nursing of premature and other babies requiring special attention.
  • Advises on baby care, exercise, diet and family planning issues.
  • Supervises more junior staff and directs the work of the midwifery unit.
  • Plans and manages midwifery care services.
  • Delivers lectures and other forms of training in midwifery practice.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £24,278

AVERAGE £35,100

POTENTIAL £47,268

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Science
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Social worker

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
  • Gives evidence in court.
  • Participates in training and supervision.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £20,475

AVERAGE £31,317

POTENTIAL £43,037

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning

Welfare professional n.e.c.

Typical Tasks:

  • Provides activities to assist young people develop and fulfil their potential as individuals and within the community.
  • Advises and supports families experiencing stress or crisis.
  • Acts as an advocate for and represents individuals and families at tribunals and similar hearings.
  • Oversees, supervises and provides counselling for the process of adoption.
  • Mentors and counsels those with mental health problems.
  • Provides rehabilitation services to individuals.
  • Manages volunteers and part-time workers, and liaises with other relevant professionals.
  • Keeps records and controls budgets.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,673

AVERAGE £29,465

POTENTIAL £41,711

Desired Skills:

Nursing auxiliary or assistant

Typical Tasks:

  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patient's temperature and pulse, weighing and measuring, performing urine tests and extracting blood sampled.
  • Prepares patient for examination and treatment.
  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks.
  • Assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility.
  • Changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.2% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £14,996

AVERAGE £19,325

POTENTIAL £26,988

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
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