Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma (CACHE)

What is this course about?

This is a full time, 2 year course, perfect if you want to work in health and social care. Social care is about helping people with individual needs such as those who have a disability, the elderly or people with learning difficulties. Carers can work in a home or in a care home or in the local community. Your programme of study includes compulsory work experience to give you the employability skills needed to work in the social care field. Study includes, development through life stages, equality, diversity and safeguarding. You will learn the anatomy and physiology behind health and social care and how to care for children, young people and the elderly. English and Maths will also form an important part of your course, as these are skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade A* – C including English
and ideally Maths or a BTEC First Diploma,
appropriate NVQ Level 2 or Intermediate
qualification, along with English and
Maths GCSE grade A* – C. You will have
a pre-induction interview/assessment to
make sure this is the right level for you.
All learners will need a clear CRB prior to
the start of the course and be required to
purchase a uniform.

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Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma (CACHE)

Start: 02/09/2019
Days: Mon
Time: 09:00-16:00

How is it taught

Taught sessions will be a combination of theory classes, discussions, workshops and practical activities and independent study to meet the learning styles of all learners. Practical sessions will take place in our skills lab which simulates a hospital or social care environment. Learners also have the opportunity to enter World Skills competitions to showcase their talent by competing with candidates from around the country.

How will I be assessed?

Progress is assessed during the course through unit based assignments, case studies and placement reports. You will also be encouraged to evaluate your progress through your Individual Learning Plan and developments. A pass, merit or distinction will be awarded for each unit where tutors will be supporting you to aim high and reach your full potential.

What else do I need to know?


A practical, work-related course is equivalent to two/three AS/A-Levels and prepares candidates for careers including nursing, social work, residential care management, and the Health service. Learners also have the opportunity to enter World Skills competitions to showcase their talent by competing with candidates from around the country. Learners will attend a work placement for 2 days each week and must have a clear DBS check prior to the start of the course. Learners are expected to purchase and wear a uniform both in college and the workplace. Some subjects include: Developing effective communication Anatomy and Physiology Sociological perspectives for Health and Social care Equality, diversity and rights Personal and Professional Development Safeguarding Adults and promoting independence

What could I do next?


The Extended Diploma attracts 120-360 UCAS points. If you decide to go on to University you could study nursing, management in health and care, social policy, social work, sociology, or psychology. If you want to go straight into employment you could work in a variety of healthcare settings.

Careers


Medical practitioners

Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervises the implementation of care and treatment plans by other healthcare providers.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.
  • Refers patient to specialist where necessary and liaises with specialist.
  • Supervises patient.
  • Administers medical tests and inoculations against communicable diseases.
  • Diagnoses condition and prescribes and/or administers appropriate treatment/surgery.
  • Examines patient, arranges for any necessary x-rays or other tests and interprets results.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£61,755

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 2,422
2019 2,402
2020 2,385

ANNUAL SALARY

£32,427 10%
£44,720 25%
£61,755 50%
£89,357 75%
£122,574 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

134 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 2.66%
25-34 29.47%
35-44 30.77%
45-54 23.57%
55-64 10.75%
65+ 2.75%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.08%
Level 1 0.41%
Level 2 0.42%
Level 3 0.7%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 1.75%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 49.62%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 28.77%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 18.24%

Nurses

Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.

Key Responsibilities

  • Delivers lectures and other forms of formal training relating to nursing practice.
  • Plans, manages, provides and evaluates nursing care services for patients, supervises the implementation of nursing care plans.
  • Advises on nursing care, disease prevention, nutrition, etc. and liaises with hospital board/ management on issues concerning nursing policy.
  • Plans duty rotas and organises and directs the work and training of ward and theatre nursing staff.
  • Participates in the preparation for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients.
  • Monitors patient.
  • Manages own case load.
  • Assists medical doctors and works with other healthcare professionals to deal with emergencies and pre-planned treatment of patients.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£34,424

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 6,394
2019 6,335
2020 6,286

ANNUAL SALARY

£25,626 10%
£29,640 25%
£34,424 50%
£39,582 75%
£47,965 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

290 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.41%
25-34 19.7%
35-44 26.72%
45-54 31.8%
55-64 14.97%
65+ 1.37%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.09%
Level 1 2.02%
Level 2 1.36%
Level 3 2.81%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 41.01%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 43.26%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 9.34%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.11%

Social workers

Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participates in training and supervision.
  • Gives evidence in court.
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£36,442

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 522
2019 514
2020 509

ANNUAL SALARY

£23,525 10%
£30,534 25%
£36,442 50%
£41,371 75%
£48,693 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

24 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 3.28%
25-34 23.6%
35-44 28.46%
45-54 25.65%
55-64 16.96%
65+ 2.02%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 0.35%
Level 2 3.12%
Level 3 5.86%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 11.16%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 52.92%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 26.59%

Paramedics

Paramedics provide first aid and life support treatment in emergency situations and transport sick and injured people who require skilled treatment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Briefs other medical staff when handing over the patient, and completes patient report forms describing the patient.
  • Transports and accompanies patients who either require or potentially require skilled treatment whilst travelling.
  • Resuscitates and/or stabilises patient using relevant techniques, equipment and drugs.
  • Assesses the nature of injuries, provides first aid treatment and ascertains appropriate method of conveying patient.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to respond to calls for assistance at accidents, emergencies and other incidents.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£34,424

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 446
2019 455
2020 462

ANNUAL SALARY

£23,920 10%
£27,768 25%
£34,424 50%
£39,146 75%
£46,030 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

27 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 7.64%
25-34 25.58%
35-44 28.75%
45-54 27.51%
55-64 8.59%
65+ 1.9%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 0.64%
Level 2 8.7%
Level 3 17.11%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 28.93%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 40.95%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 3.67%

Medical and dental technicians

Medical and dental technicians operate, calibrate and maintain cardiographic and encephalographic testing equipment, assist in the conduct of post mortems, give simple dental treatments, fit artificial limbs and hearing aids, and undertake a wide range of related medical and dental tasks.

Key Responsibilities

  • Takes samples for clinical examination.
  • Performs related medical tasks including treating hair and scalp disorders and conducting tests on glaucoma patients.
  • Measures patients for, and fits them with, surgical appliances, hearing aids and artificial limbs.
  • Makes dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic and other dental appliances according to individual patient requirements.
  • Undertakes scaling and polishing of teeth, applies medicaments, carries out post-operative hygiene work and advises on preventative dentistry.
  • Operates equipment to diagnose and record or treat hearing, heart, brain, lung and kidney ailments.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£28,517

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 426
2019 424
2020 422

ANNUAL SALARY

£18,470 10%
£21,611 25%
£28,517 50%
£35,714 75%
£42,099 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

19 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.35%
25-34 28.47%
35-44 23.34%
45-54 29.3%
55-64 11.68%
65+ 1.82%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 1.38%
Level 1 6.1%
Level 2 10.2%
Level 3 23.46%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 26.94%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 24.91%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 6.31%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.7%

Nursing auxiliaries and assistants

Nursing auxiliaries and assistants assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in caring for the sick and injured within hospitals, homes, clinics and the wider community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.
  • Assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility.
  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks.
  • Prepares patient for examination and treatment.
  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£19,802

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 3,174
2019 3,149
2020 3,127

ANNUAL SALARY

£15,662 10%
£17,222 25%
£19,802 50%
£23,566 75%
£27,851 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

156 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 12.86%
25-34 20.51%
35-44 23.46%
45-54 25.18%
55-64 15.55%
65+ 2.41%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 3.08%
Level 1 7.49%
Level 2 24.5%
Level 3 31.37%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 13.78%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 17.31%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 2.44%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.04%

Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)

Ambulance staff transport sick, injured and convalescent persons and give first aid treatment in emergencies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Replenishes medical supplies in ambulance as necessary.
  • Cleans and disinfects ambulance after use and carries out routine care of ambulance equipment.
  • Ascertains nature of injuries and provides first aid treatment.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to transport patients to hospitals or other treatment centres and homes.
  • Helps patients into and out of ambulance.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£24,835

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 328
2019 336
2020 342

ANNUAL SALARY

£19,115 10%
£21,216 25%
£24,835 50%
£28,683 75%
£34,694 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

22 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 6.23%
25-34 14.64%
35-44 22.87%
45-54 30.83%
55-64 18.51%
65+ 6.89%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 2.04%
Level 1 6.19%
Level 2 31.91%
Level 3 36.59%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 14.48%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 8.79%

Houseparents and residential wardens

Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Keeps records and writes reports.
  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents.
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£19,802

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 347
2019 349
2020 350

ANNUAL SALARY

£15,267 10%
£16,786 25%
£19,802 50%
£24,419 75%
£28,933 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

18 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 4.39%
25-34 14.02%
35-44 22.56%
45-54 34.77%
55-64 18.57%
65+ 5.66%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 4.9%
Level 1 4.42%
Level 2 19.65%
Level 3 27.27%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 24.82%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 16.79%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 2.14%

Care workers and home carers

Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£17,222

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 9,719
2019 9,793
2020 9,854

ANNUAL SALARY

£14,456 10%
£15,205 25%
£17,222 50%
£20,613 75%
£25,106 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

538 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 15.85%
25-34 21.84%
35-44 19.4%
45-54 25.1%
55-64 14.9%
65+ 2.88%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 6.43%
Level 1 10.7%
Level 2 31.97%
Level 3 29.21%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 9.63%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 10.84%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 1.13%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.1%

Senior care workers

Senior care workers routinely oversee and monitor care workers, care assistants and home carers. They also attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
  • Responds to emergencies and provides guidance and support to care workers.
  • Takes responsibility for the shift and for the service while on duty.
  • Routinely oversees and monitors care workers and home carers.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£16,494

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2018 754
2019 758
2020 761

ANNUAL SALARY

£13,811 10%
£14,664 25%
£16,494 50%
£19,802 75%
£23,691 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

41 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.83%
25-34 25.2%
35-44 21.33%
45-54 29.85%
55-64 16.18%
65+ 1.59%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 0.63%
Level 1 4.23%
Level 2 15.16%
Level 3 43.35%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 13.52%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 20.44%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 2.11%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.56%
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