Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
City & Guilds - Award
About the course:
PLEASE NOTE: This course runs throughout the year for 7 weeks pending sufficient numbers. You don`t need a formal interview. Just call into the College and enrol or telephone and reserve your place. This course is growing in popularity - please ensure you don't miss out! Due to popularity we will be offering different dates for this programme.
The course is aimed at adults who have been made redundant, want a career change or wish to return to employment after a career break. The Care Industry is a fast growing sector which demands a minimum of a level 2 qualification to work within it. This can be a barrier to many without a job or appropriate experience just trying to get the first 'foot on the ladder'. Level 2 programmes require that candidates have a job or work placement to enable assessments to be carried out to determine the competence of the individual. At Level 1 this programme is unique in that it offers the insight into the Care Industry without the need to have a work placement. However, during the course, candidates will have opportunity to meet other people, develop their knowledge and skills as well as improve their employability to progress further. We can take people on to a Level 2 programme as long as they have a regular work pattern with an employer. This could be an agency which involve part time hours but needs to be regular work and clients over a period of time. Too often people lack even the most basic of skills in order to make that happen. Therefore, this course could be for you if you are unemployed. This course is eligible for European Social Funding. This course will incorporate employability skills, CV writing, meeting potential employers for work tasters that may lead into employment. Please enquire to see if you are eligible. You may be eligible for free funding from Training Works if you do not have a level 2 qualification and you are currently in work. Next Course for 2013 is Wednesday 1st May!
We have had a lot of success as learners have progressed from this level to attain work or work experience and have progressed to levels 2, 3 and beyond. Those who attend regularly develop their skills, gain confidence and feel able to approach organisations for voluntary work. Watch this space for individual stories of those who complete this and take up other opportunities.
4333-10 Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care will be delivered in 7 sessions. The first session will consist of an Induction, tour of the College, advice about learning support, assessment of literacy and numeracy. The following five sessions cover the units which are:
128 Introduction to the adult social care sector credit value 1
129 Introduction to the values and principles of adult social care credit value 1
130 Awareness of the skills and attitudes needed to work in adult social care credit value 1
131 Awareness of communication in adult social care credit value 2
132 Awareness of the role and responsibilities of the adult social care worker credit value 1
No entry requirements. This course is aimed at the unemployed who wish to gain a qualification to be able to work in the Adult Care sector. This is also advantageous to those who do not have a job or voluntary work as a work placement at this level is not required. However, learners can use the experience to gain access to a range of volunteer opportunities as a progression route. Many learners will gain employment as a direct result of this course through networking with other learners and accessing employers.
VERY IMPORTANT! Whilst there are no formal entry requirements, we expect candidates to commit to the duration of this programme to ensure that they maximise their learning experience. Those that miss any sessions will find it difficult to complete the workbook.
All sessions are delivered taking into account differing learning styles. Whether you are visual, auditory or a tactile kinaesthetic learner you will have a variety of teaching methods to enable you to learn by your preferred style. The College use a software package called Claro read that enables you to change text size and colour as well as background. This also has a voice activated facility that can read text back to you in a range of formats - just some of the ways you can be supported to achieve regardless of your ability, background or previous qualifications.
You will need to bring a pen and paper if you wish to take notes and a folder to store your work. You will also have access to computers where all your resources for this course will be held electronically and which you can access from the College or home. Your work will be assignment based. There are no exams required.
All assessment is assignment based. You will continually be assessed in the classroom through a range of activities that include: discussions, question and answer sessions, peer and self assessment, observation, case studies, practical exercises and finally your assignment. From 2013 this course will be delivered on a weekly basis on a every six weeks. Any work submitted to your tutor will result in constructive feedback to help you develop your skills, confidence and knowledge. There are no exams.
You will meet new people who, like you, want to work in the Care field. Learning new skills opens doors and this will increase your confidence and ability to look for paid or voluntary work in the Care sector that can lead into full or part time employment. There are diplomas and apprenticeships available. This information will be available to you on your Induction day. Please also look at the extent of courses on offer on this website.
The next course level is Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. This will require you to be in a paid position within the sector to enable work setting assessment to take place. Those who complete a level 1 course will feel more confident in their abilities and newly developed skills to be able to approach organisations to undertake paid or voluntary work. However, it is paid work with an employer that will allow asssessment to take place as the full role of a support worker would not be achieved on a voluntary basis. However, voluntary work is a good stepping stone into paid work which then provides eligibility for doing a level 2 qualification.
Learners who attend Induction and every teaching session are those who gain the most from the experience. City College has undergone £48 million worth of improvements, new buildings and facilities. This is an excellent place to learn and you will be in a learning environment that suits your needs with friendly staff who will support you throughout your learning journey. For those with a learning difficulty or who prefer different sized fonts and backgrounds to assist with reading text on-screen there is a software package called ClaroRead that enables this as well as a facility for reading back text. All students once enrolled will have access to a range of resources on CityBit. Tutors will update resources regularly with information that is both informative and for general interest or to encourage further reading.
Please Note: This course will only run if there are a minimum of ten learners. Should there be insufficient numbers then the date for the programme will be deferred. Please come into the College to enrol. You do not need an interview to be accepted onto the course, just the willingness to commit for one morning a week for seven weeks and meet other people who want to achieve as well.
STUDENT LOANS - COMING SOON! Are you 24+ and resident in the UK? From April 2013 there will be student loans available for level 3, 4, 5 programmes. You can apply as long as you have not been funded before for this course. You can also apply if you already have a higher qualification. For more details, please enquire during interview or ask staff during one of our open evenings.
Please come into the College to enrol. There is no formal interview to undertake this course. Course Induction will be on the first date you are in College, followed by five teaching sessions and a final hand in date. You need to bring proof of your identity and status if you are on benefits and/or unemployed to establish whether you have entitlement to any remission of fees. You will meet your Tutor and receive the course information in more detail on the first day during Induction. Please arrive at 9.15am on the day of induction and you will be met by your tutor who will accompany you to the classroom.
Learners may be eligible for funding under specific criteria through 'Training Works'. Those without a prior level 2 qualification may qualify. Please enquire for details.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMIT TO THE INDUCTION, WEEKLY TEACHING SESSIONS AND A FINAL HAND IN SESSION - THANK YOU.