NCFE Cert in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

What is this course about?

The primary purpose of this qualification is to help you prepare to enter, or progress within, employment where you work or interact with people with learning disabilities in a variety of roles.
This qualification will be ideal for you if you’re working within health care or social care but may also be useful if you’re working in education or a housing support role. You can also take this qualification to support your progression into further learning within the Health and Social Care sector.
The qualification aims to help you develop your underpinning knowledge and understanding to support your role working with people with learning disabilities. You’ll explore the principles of safeguarding and positive risk taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.

This qualification contains the following 6 mandatory units:
Unit 01 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities(4 credits)
You will explore the meaning of learning disability and consider issues closely linked with learning disability support. You’ll develop an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect people who have learning disabilities. You’ll be introduced to themes covering inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation, and will consider the central place of communication in working with people who have learning disabilities.

Unit 02 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care (3 credits)
You will be introduced to the important area of safeguarding people from abuse. You’ll develop knowledge of different types of abuse, and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse is occurring. You’ll consider when people might be particularly vulnerable to abuse, and what you must do if abuse is suspected or alleged.

Unit 03 Introduction to personalisation in social care (3 credits)
You will understand how personalisation affects provision of social care services, and you’ll focus on the systems, skills and support needed to implement personalised provision.
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Unit 04 Principles of positive risk taking for individuals
with disabilities (2 credits)
You will develop your knowledge of positive risk taking and understand the importance of positive risk taking for people with learning disabilities. You’ll explore how to take a person-centred approach to enabling individuals to take risks and how to balance risk taking with duty of care.
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Unit 05 Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions (2 credits)
You will gain an introductory awareness on autistic spectrum conditions. You’ll develop knowledge and explore important themes such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person-centred support.
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Unit 06 Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access health care (3 credits)
You will develop the knowledge needed to enable you to contribute to supporting a person to access and use health care services.

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NCFE Cert in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

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NCFE Cert in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Start: Available throughout the year.

How is it taught

As you work through the learning materials you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor/tutor who will give you support, advice and guidance on the course content as well as providing robust feedback on the work you complete. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities.


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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

£72,842

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 2,312
2020 2,297
2021 2,282

ANNUAL SALARY

£37,752 10%
£52,458 25%
£72,842 50%
£118,414 75%
£157,144 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

141 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 2.63%
25-34 29.65%
35-44 30.72%
45-54 23.53%
55-64 10.76%
65+ 2.68%

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

£37,565

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 6,428
2020 6,411
2021 6,394

ANNUAL SALARY

£27,518 10%
£32,053 25%
£37,565 50%
£44,554 75%
£53,747 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

288 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.39%
25-34 19.78%
35-44 26.74%
45-54 31.68%
55-64 14.94%
65+ 1.43%

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

£36,670

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 421
2020 409
2021 399

ANNUAL SALARY

£23,150 10%
£29,307 25%
£36,670 50%
£40,997 75%
£49,109 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

18 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 3.2%
25-34 23.54%
35-44 28.83%
45-54 25.49%
55-64 16.74%
65+ 2.16%

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

£35,547

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 485
2020 497
2021 507

ANNUAL SALARY

£25,854 10%
£29,598 25%
£35,547 50%
£42,120 75%
£48,568 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

33 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 7.54%
25-34 25.21%
35-44 29.37%
45-54 27.51%
55-64 8.47%
65+ 1.87%

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

£26,790

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 395
2020 389
2021 385

ANNUAL SALARY

£18,179 10%
£21,091 25%
£26,790 50%
£33,966 75%
£39,520 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

17 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.29%
25-34 28.13%
35-44 24.3%
45-54 28.94%
55-64 11.52%
65+ 1.79%

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

£22,110

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 3,036
2020 3,012
2021 2,991

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,909 10%
£19,136 25%
£22,110 50%
£26,270 75%
£31,283 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

139 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 12.72%
25-34 20.61%
35-44 23.47%
45-54 25.12%
55-64 15.58%
65+ 2.47%

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

£23,587

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 359
2020 368
2021 376

ANNUAL SALARY

£18,637 10%
£20,571 25%
£23,587 50%
£28,018 75%
£33,530 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

27 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 6.15%
25-34 14.46%
35-44 23.03%
45-54 31.27%
55-64 18.25%
65+ 6.81%

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

£22,734

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 324
2020 322
2021 321

ANNUAL SALARY

£17,971 10%
£19,781 25%
£22,734 50%
£26,645 75%
£32,032 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

16 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 4.34%
25-34 13.82%
35-44 22.44%
45-54 35.13%
55-64 18.67%
65+ 5.57%

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

£19,240

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 9,479
2020 9,538
2021 9,579

ANNUAL SALARY

£16,453 10%
£17,118 25%
£19,240 50%
£22,984 75%
£27,914 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

482 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 15.79%
25-34 21.72%
35-44 19.53%
45-54 25.08%
55-64 14.94%
65+ 2.91%

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

£19,032

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 706
2020 707
2021 708

ANNUAL SALARY

£16,307 10%
£17,056 25%
£19,032 50%
£22,360 75%
£26,562 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

35 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 5.77%
25-34 25.06%
35-44 21.42%
45-54 30.07%
55-64 16.07%
65+ 1.58%

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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