Distance Learning & Further Education

Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity – Distance Learning

Who is this course for?

It is important that we are all aware of issues of Equality and Diversity and have knowledge of our moral and legal responsibilities.

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in developing their knowledge of Equality and Diversity. The course is also suitable for anyone that is interested in gaining skills to improve job prospects, or to be more aware of their responsibilities within their community and employment. 

This course is accredited, this means that successful completion of the course will lead to a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE standard, or functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions. Tutor support is also available, further details below.

What will the course cover?

Three topics are covered by the course these are:

  • Equality and diversity in society
  • Equality and diversity in the community
  • Equality and diversity in the workplace

Learning materials will be provided in the form of booklets, which you can keep at the end of the course. The learning materials cover all the information you will need to answer the assessment questions. Some questions do require learners to draw upon personal experiences.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may progress to completion of other distance learning courses, or qualifications offered by the Learning & Skills Service in preparation for life and work depending upon your vocational area of interest.

Where and when will I learn?

At enrolment on the course you will receive your course materials and assessment questions. From the date of enrolment you have 12 weeks in which to complete the course.

You will be provided with two answer booklets for Module A and B. To complete the course will need to read the materials and answer the questions in the booklets.

It is recommended that you submit Module A when completed to receive feedback to help with Module B.

A distance learning tutor is available to offer support whilst you complete the course. Enquiries about any aspects of the learning materials and questions can be made while you are reading the materials, completing the assessment booklets and robust feedback will be provided at the end of each unit.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

The course costs £20. This includes all distance learning materials.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of the Prevention & Control of Infection in Health Care Settings

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for those who wish to develop their knowledge of infection control. Learners accessing this training may wish to progress towards further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other training. It is also suitable for learners wishing to develop knowledge to prepare them for employment or for learners who are already in employment and who wish to study the programme as part of their own continuous professional development.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification consists of 3 mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Unit 02 Causes and spread of infection
  • Unit 03 Cleaning, decontamination and waste management

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Healthcare and/or Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 NVQ in Cleaning and Support Services
  • Level 2 NVQ in Food Preparation.

Learners could also progress into employment within the Healthcare and/ or Health and Social Care sector.

This qualification will also support those who work in the hospitality, catering or cleaning sectors.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is a distance learning course, which means you will work independently, using your course workbooks along with support from your trainer.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop their understanding of safe handling of medicines.  Learners may access this training to further develop and progress within their employment or progress onto further qualifications.

As this is a knowledge based qualification, achievement will not allow learners to be considered occupationally competent in the administration of medication.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This course consists of four mandatory units:

  • Understand medication and prescriptions
  • Supply, storage and disposal of medication
  • Understand the requirements for safe administration of medication
  • Record keeping and audit processes of medication administration and storage

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health

Learners could also progress into employment within the Healthcare and / or Health and Social Care sector.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is a distance learning course, which means you will work independently, using your course workbooks along with support from your trainer.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who are looking to start work in, or those who already work in health and social care, who would like an understanding of common health conditions and their effects on individuals.

This qualification may also be useful for those individuals who have an interest in health services or people who are caring for individuals with health conditions.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification consists of 6 units:

  • Arthritis awareness
  • Stroke awareness
  • Dementia awareness
  • Parkinson’s disease awareness
  • Sensory loss awareness
  • Monitoring the health of individuals

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate for Working in the Health Sector
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Stroke Care Management
  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care

Learners could also progress into employment within the Healthcare and / or Health and Social Care sector.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is a distance learning course, which means you will work independently, using your course workbooks along with support from your trainer.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring some lined paper and a pen to take notes.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ who want to raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill-health.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to raise awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems. The objective of this qualification is to develop the learners’ understanding of a range of mental health problems, which could be used to support their role in the workplace or where they may work or interact with individuals with mental health problems.  Mental health problems covered are stress, anxiety, phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, postnatal depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto NCFE Level 2 certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care settings, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes or Principles of Dementia Care or Principles of End of Life Care.

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 16 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain an understanding of the principles of caring for someone with dementia.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

The aim of this qualification is to assist learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia. It covers areas such as person-centered care, influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for those with dementia and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of End of Life Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an Induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in Care and Management of Diabetes

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain an understanding of the care and management of diabetes.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to provide an understanding of the different types of diabetes and how they can occur, develop awareness of how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed with lifestyle changes, develop an understanding of diabetes diagnosis and initial care and develop an understanding of on-going care and treatment of diabetes to control blood sugar levels. The objectives of this qualification are to give learners working, or intending to work, in healthcare and social care knowledge and understanding of diabetes to support their role in the workplace, as well as enable learners to progress to other qualifications in this subject area, or within the wider area of health and social care.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care or Principles of End of Life Care.

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an Induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for all members of the public, aged 19+ learners who wish to gain a better understanding of end of life care and the practices and processes that go with it.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to work in end of life care; the support needed to manage pain and discomfort; how dementia impacts on end of life care; the role of the care worker in time of death and the loss and grief process. The objectives of this qualification are to give learners working in, or intending to work in, healthcare and social care the knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their role.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto NCFE Level 2 Certificated qualifications offered by Learning & Skills, such as Common Health Conditions, Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health-Care setting, Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health-Care settings, Equality & Diversity, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Principles of Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £20 for the 12 weeks.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 2 Certificate Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed primarily for individuals working with, or intending to work with, vulnerable adults in the health and social care sectors.

The ‘Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England’ emphasises the provision of safe and compassionate care and the need to challenge where this is not provided.

Safeguarding adults and upholding the dignity of those accessing health and social care services are key principles in the sector. The purpose of this qualification is to give learners currently working or intending to work in adult health or social care an understanding of dignity and safeguarding and their relevance in health and social care, and how they can work to uphold these key principles.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge and understanding of the key principles of dignity, duty of care and safeguarding as applied to adult health and social care. Learners will investigate the principles and how they are applied in everyday work contexts. They will also have an opportunity to examine the dilemmas and consequences that can arise when these principles are not upheld.

The objectives of this qualification are to prepare learners for further training and to support a role in the workplace where the individual may work or interact with vulnerable adults.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto courses such as:

  • NCFE Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care
  • Level 2 or 3 Diplomas in Clinical Healthcare Support

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course fees are £20.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Who is this course for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism. It is useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Leisure
  • Entertainment
  • Education and Training
  • Nursing

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to develop learners’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

The objective of this qualification is to help learners to progress within employment in a variety of sectors, and in a number of job roles where an understanding of autism and knowledge of how to support people with autism is required.

Throughout this qualification specification, as in the Department of Health Adult Autism Strategy, we’ve used the term ‘autism’ as an umbrella term for all autistic spectrum conditions, including Asperger syndrome.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto courses such as:

  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People with Autism
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course fees are £20.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for those working or looking to work in a range of roles where the provision of information, advice or guidance is a requirement.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

This qualification is designed for those people who work in, or are looking to work in an information, advice or guidance role such as:

  • Careers Adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Customer Service Adviser
  • Debt Adviser
  • Employment Adviser
  • Help-desk Adviser
  • Housing Support Worker
  • Learning Support Worker
  • Legal Services Support Workers
  • Peer Mentor

With a range of employers such as:

  • local authorities
  • careers advice services
  • voluntary sector organisations
  • student services
  • citizen advice services
  • housing associations

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This course is completed by Distance Learning mode of study. Course material, resources and assessments will be provided to complete the course.

As this is a level 2 course, it is recommended that learners have a standard of English that is around GCSE, functional skills level 2, or working towards this. This is recommended as learners will be required to independently read text and answer questions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice or guidance and applying these within their own context.

The objectives of this qualification are to prepare learners for further training and to support a role where learners may give initial information, advice or guidance to others.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress onto a course such as:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
  • NCFE Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Advice and Guidance
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NCFE Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Principles of Customer Service
  • NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

Where and when will I learn?

Dates and times to be confirmed – you will need to attend an induction session before you start the course.

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and an eagerness to learn. You will be supplied with the workbooks and learning materials.

How much will the course cost?

The course fees are £20.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Access to Higher Education Diplomas:

Working with Children and Young People L3 with Diploma specialisms in:

  • Access to Social Work Studies
  • Access to Early Years

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who are looking to progress to Higher Education or for those looking to up-skill and increase their knowledge in relation to work with children and young people.  

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although it is preferable that learners are confident with both English and ICT skills at Level 2. For learners intending to specialise in Social Work or Education at university, GCSE A*-C grades in English and Maths are required. There is also an expectation that learners will have completed both Level 1 and Level 2 courses Working with Children and Young People before embarking upon Diploma study or if not, that learners can evidence relevant experience working with children and young people. All learners will be interviewed prior to enrolment on the course and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

What will the course cover?

Each Diploma area covers the following units:

  • Mathematics – Data handling and Statistics
  • English – Application of English Language and English Language Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Facilitating Learning through Experience
  • Professional Practice

Learners will then select a specific Diploma area from the following options where they will complete an additional four specialist units from their chosen Diploma area:

  • Access to Social Work Studies
  • Access to Early Years

Please note that Diploma specialisms run according to demand so all four areas may not be available every year.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The predominant aim of this course is to prepare and enable students to apply to university, although former students have also found volunteering and employment opportunities in the children and young people’s sector as a result of completing the course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run two evenings per week for 3 hours at the Coleridge Centre, Darlington. Learners will also be expected to complete placement hours (subject to discussion with course tutors).

What should I bring with me?

Please bring pen and paper to start with. As the course progresses you will need a large A4 ring bound folder. You may also wish to bring a laptop or tablet for research if you have one.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £3,000 (approximately) although adult loans are available and, if learners progress onto university and complete the HE course, they are not expected to repay the loan. Learners who do not progress to university will pay back their loan through salary sacrifice when they are earning in excess of £21,000.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma

Who is this course for?

This course will prepare learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Entrants to this course should be at least 16 years old, and all learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and maths A* - C to count in the ratios at Level 3 in childcare settings.  This means learners will need both their GCSE maths and GCSE English A* - C on commencement or on completion of the Diploma.

Learners will also need to be either employed within the sector or be able to find work experience within the sector.

What will the course cover?

Learners must achieve 23 mandatory units which are split into 4 themes.  These themes are:

Theme 1 – Health and well-being

Theme 2 – Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

Theme 3 – Play, development and learning for school readiness

Theme 4 – Professional development

To gain the qualification, learners will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete a longitudinal study
  • Show competence in the real work environment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or other higher level early years qualifications.

Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will gain their licence to practice, and it is intended that learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

Learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors, such as:

  • Assistant in a Children’s Centre
  • Practitioner in a nursery school
  • Practitioner in a primary school reception class
  • Pre-school worker

Where and when will I learn?

Completion of this course takes 1 – 2 years.

The delivery of the Diploma will predominately take place within the workplace with supporting one to one visits from an assessor.  Additional file development sessions can be arranged at the Coleridge Centre.

If learners are required to undertake any GCSE work, this will take place in one of our training centres.

What should I bring with me?

At your induction you will need to bring your national insurance number as well as any certificates you may hold.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £2,800. Learners may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who wish to work, or who are working, in an unsupervised role with adults in health and social care environments.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners should be at least 16 years old and either have a job role within the care sector or be able to gain work experience within the sector.

You must also be willing to work unsociable hours including early, late and night shifts, weekend working and bank holiday working.

What will the course cover?

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working with adults in health and social care environments.  It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

It has three pathways:

  • Generic Health and Social Care
  • Dementia
  • Learning Disability

Learners will be assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the work place, a portfolio of evidence or written tasks.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course, learners can progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care and then onto the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.  Learners can also progress onto other routes within further education.

Suitable job roles on completion of the course could be:

  • Care Assistant in residential settings or supported living
  • Healthcare Support Worker in community and primary care environments
  • Healthcare Assistant in acute health environments
  • Care Support Worker in domiciliary services
  • Senior Care Support Worker in residential settings
  • Senior Healthcare Assistant in community, primary care and acute health environments
  • Senior Care Support Workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
  • Community-based Senior Support Worker

Where and when will I learn?

Completion of this course will take 12 – 18 months.  The delivery of the Diploma will predominately take place within the workplace with supporting one to one visits from an assessor.

What should I bring with me?

At your induction you will need to bring your national insurance number as well as any certificates you may hold.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £2,800. Learners may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on(01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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