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Health & Social Care CACHE Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
    Working in the Health & Social Care sector requires a very special kind of person. Dedicated, passionate and always willing to go the extra mile to help make a real difference to the lives of others. If you are considering a career working with children and young people or adults, then this may be the course for you.
    This course is designed to provide a holistic programme of applied and general learning related to the occupational areas of Health Care and Social Care.
    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    Throughout the first year of this course you will study a variety of units, such as:
    • Equality, Diversity & Rights
    • Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Lifespan Development
    • Sociological & Psychological Perspectives of Health & Social Care
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Professional Development in the Workplace

    You will also get to spend two days a week in a practical work placement. With many strong links with the local community, our courses offer a wide range of work placements that allow you to gain real experience of working with people with all manner of complex needs.

    In addition you may study Functional Skills or have the opportunity to resit a GCSE in English and/or maths, if appropriate.

    If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

    Elements of Study
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills).
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have five GCSEs at grades 9-4, including English Language and Maths, and preferably Science. You’ll also be invited to come for an interview and provide a positive school report.
    You will also need to have excellent attendance at your last place of study and everyone who joins this course will be required to undertake a DBS check.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll have continuous assessment through assignments, projects and personal research, as well as through practical placements.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our Tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the ‘apply’ button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details a Tutor will contact you by phone. Please be aware that our number will be displayed as unknown/private/withheld
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme.
    This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes master classes; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.

    Following further study you could work as a:
    • A high level Midwife where you could earn between£31,000 and £41,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • A Physiotherapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 to £22,000 a year.
    • An Occupational Therapy Assistant, earning between£15,000 and £23,000 a year.
    After you have completed the course you could remain in college and progress on to the CACHE Extended Diploma.
    Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid employment you could opt for a Health & Social Care Apprenticeship and work as an apprentice within Health & Social Care.
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
    • Visiting local providers
    • Taking part in enrichment activities such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities.
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.
    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.
    You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.
    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.
    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    13.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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