Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

This is a Distance Learning course, so there is no need to attend College.

This course will be delivered online over 25 weeks. Guided learning hours: 190.

Who is the course for?

The need for adult social care continues to rise at a time when the system supporting that care is significantly changing. With around 1.5 million people working in adult social care in England, care workers need up-to-date support and guidance in order to provide adequate person-centred-care.

The Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care course is ideal for those who work with adults in a care setting. It allows learners to develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding in areas including equality and diversity, inclusion, best practice and personal development.

This qualification covers a range of key areas applicable to working in adult social care. It allows learners to develop their skills in creating better preventative care and reinforcing the importance of inclusion, communication and personal development.

What does the course involve?

As part of this course you will study nine mandatory units:

UNIT 1 - Principles of communication in adult social care settings

  • Section 1 Understand why communication is important in adult social care settings
  • Section 2 Understand how to meet the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of an individual
  • Section 3 Understand how to reduce barriers to communication
  • Section 4 Understand confidentiality in adult social care settings

UNIT 2 - Principles of personal development in adult social care settings

  • Section 1 Understand what is required for good practice in adult social care roles
  • Section 2 Understand how learning activities can develop knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Section 3 Know how a personal development plan can contribute to own learning and development

UNIT 3 - Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings

  • Section 1 Understand the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Section 2 Know how to work in an inclusive way
  • Section 3 Know how to access information, advice and support about diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination

UNIT 4 - Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care

  • Section 1 Know how to recognise signs of abuse
  • Section 2 Know how to respond to suspected or alleged abuse
  • Section 3 Understand the national and local context of safeguarding and protection from abuse
  • Section 4 Understand ways to reduce the likelihood of abuse
  • Section 5 Know how to recognise and report unsafe practices

UNIT 5 - Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings

  • Section 1 Understand the implications of duty of care
  • Section 2 Understand support available for addressing dilemmas that may arise about duty of care
  • Section 3 Know how to respond to complaints

UNIT 6 - Understand the role of the social care worker

  • Section 1 Understand working relationships in social care settings
  • Section 2 Understand the importance of working in ways that are agreed with the employer
  • Section 3 Understand the importance of working in partnership with others

UNIT 7 - Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings

  • Section 1 Understand person-centred approaches for care and support
  • Section 2 Understand how to implement a person-centred approach in an adult social care settings
  • Section 3 Understand the importance of establishing consent when providing care or support
  • Section 4 Understand how to encourage active participation
  • Section 5 Understand how to support an individual's right to make choices
  • Section 6 Understand how to promote an individual's well-being

UNIT 8 - Understand health and safety in social care settings

  • Section 1 Understand the different responsibilities relating to health and safety in social care settings
  • Section 2 Understand the use of risk assessments in relation to health and safety
  • Section 3 Understand procedures for responding to accidents and sudden illness
  • Section 4 Know how to reduce the spread of infection
  • Section 5 Know how to move and handle equipment and other objects safely
  • Section 6 Understand the principles of assisting and moving an individual
  • Section 7 Know how to handle hazardous substances
  • Section 8 Know environmental safety procedures in the social care setting
  • Section 9 Know how to manage stress
  • Section 10 Understand procedures regarding handling medication
  • Section 11 Understand how to handle and store food safely

UNIT 9 - Understand how to handle information in social care settings

  • Section 1 Understand the need for secure handling of information in social care settings
  • Section 2 Know how to access support for handling information in social care settings

What are the assessment methods?

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

What are the College attendance requirements?

As a Distance Learning course, there is no need to attend College.

For further information or advice, please contact the Distance Learning team:
01823 366612 distancelearningteam@btc.ac.uk

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Enrol on the Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care course with no upfront costs if you are aged 19 or above, with a government funded Advanced Learner Loan. Your course fees can be fully funded, with no dependency on household income and no repayments until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

The cost of this course is £811. Find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan.

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