Health and Social Care



Studying Health and Social Care at Dearne Valley College...

Learning Environment
An essential part of completing a Health and Social Care qualification is work experience. It’s a great way for you to develop an in-depth understanding of how Health and Social Care organisations operate and what job roles are available.

Although you will be based in well-equipped classrooms at the Manvers Campus for taught sessions, you will spend much of your time on work placement at a variety of different organisations.

Depending on which course you are studying, this placement may be weekly or in blocks throughout the year. Previous students have enjoyed placements at hospitals, care homes, day centres, nursing homes, special educational needs schools, the Ambulance Service, children’s centres, with youth offending teams, and at day nurseries.

Gaining experience in the workplace will give your portfolio a boost and will show employers that you have gained a broad range of work skills whilst studying for your qualifications. This is a great way to improve your confidence around both clients and colleagues.

You will be required to wear a Dearne Valley College polo shirt during work placement duties. This is available at a very reasonable price from the College.

How you will be assessed
• Assignments: You will be given specific assignments or projects to complete. These will be in a variety of formats, such as work experience, presentations, posters, group work, reports and other activities
• Portfolio: You will create a portfolio or workbook of evidence such as practical work, presentations and case studies
• Practical/Group Work: Your Tutor will assess you completing practical work in the workshop or workplace
• Some courses have end-of-unit tests.

Additional Qualifications
As well as your chosen course, you may also have the opportunity to undertake a variety of additional qualifications throughout your time at Dearne Valley College which will boost your CV and career aspirations!

These additional qualifications include:
• Infection Control
• Basic First Aid
• Advanced First Aid
• Dementia-related courses
• Therapeutic Activities
• Food Hygiene
• Safe Handling of Medicines

Personalised Learning Programme
As part of your main programme you will have the opportunity to select units to specialise within an area that you may be passionate about or that reflects your career aspirations. The Personalised Learning Programme is unique to Dearne Valley College which allows you to gain a qualification tailored to you.

There are a number of pathways to choose from including:
• Health and Social Care
• Health Studies
• Health Care
• Social Care

All of these pathways feature a number of specialist units which will enable you to develop essential skills required for gaining employment or furthering your qualifications to achieve your goals. You will typically choose these during induction week with support and guidance from your Tutor.

Rotherham Hospital Cadetship
Dearne Valley College works closely with Rotherham Hospital to provide you with a unique role which gives you real life experience of working in a busy hospital setting. The Cadetship gives you an insight into Nurse Training where you will work alongside health professionals from many domains.

The Cadetship includes:
• Making Beds
• Talking to Patients
• Handing Out Meals
• Bathing
• Toileting
• Errands - Shop
• Seeing Procedures
• Helping Patients to Eat
• Dressing and Undressing
• Ward Rounds
• Handovers
• Restocking
• Fluid Balances
• Food Charts
• Observation Charts
• Booking People In/Out

You will complete the Cadetship through work placement alongside your programme of study.

Careers in Health and Social Care include:
• Nurse
• Midwife
• Care Worker
• Home Care Assistant
• Social Worker
• Drug and Alcohol Worker
• Youth and Community Worker
• Radiographer
• Dietician

Health and Social Care Apprenticeships

We offer the following Apprenticeships:
• Health and Social Care (Adults) for England Level 2

Find out more information and view live Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting the Apprenticeships section of this website.

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