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 or paperbased over 16-20 weeks.  Guided learning hours: 174.

Who is the course for?

This qualification is aimed at learners wishing to develop skills in Health and Social Care and may wish to go onto further study or work in this area.

What does the course involve?


Unit 1

Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Section 1          Understand their individual rights

Section 2          Understand their individual responsibilities

Unit 2

Identify and Cultural Diversity

Section 1          Understand the meanings of the terms social diversity and                                   inclusion

Section 2          Understand equality, discrimination and prejudice

Section 3          Understand the diversity of communities

 Unit 3

Time Management

Section 1          Know how he/she spends his/her time

Section 2          Understand time management

Section 3          Know how to use time management as a way of reducing                                     stress

 Unit 4

Research Skills for Academic Study

Section 1          Understand how to plan research on a given topic

Section 2          Assess the reliability of a range of different types of                                               information sources

Section 3          Know how to utilise information to inform own writing

Section 4          Utilise information to inform own writing



Unit 1

Ethnical Issues in Health Care

Section 1          Understand the concept of ethics as it relates to health and                                 social care professions

Section 2          Understand a number of ethical issues in health care

Section 3          Understand the complexity of factors involved in ethnical                                     issues

Unit 2

Introduction to a Healthy Lifestyle


Section 1          Know what contributes to a healthy lifestyle

Section 2          Know how activities contribute to a healthy lifestyle

Section 3          Know what contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle

Section 4          Know how to develop a personal healthy lifestyle plan


Unit 3

Introduction to Physical Disability

Section 1          Know the importance of a person centred approach when                                   working with individuals with a physical disability

Section 2          Know the main causes of physical disability

Section 3          Know how the challenges of living with a physical disability                                 can be addressed


Unit 4

Introduction to Mental Health

Section 1          Know the importance of a person centred approach when                                   working with individuals with mental health problems

Section 2          Know the main factors that can cause mental health problems

Section 3          Understand the importance of effective communication with                               individuals who have mental health problems


Unit 5

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 the ways to reduce the likelihood of abuse

Section 5          Know how to recognise and report unsafe practices


Unit 6

Preparing for a Career in Health and Social Care Professions

Section 1          Know about the career structure and job opportunities in an                               identified health or social care profession

Section 2          Know how to prepare for a career in an identified health or                                 social care profession


For more information, please contact the Distance Learning Team

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Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/17
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • Must currently reside in England
  • Must have a full Level 2 qualification or above (i.e. QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2)


  • Unemployed and claiming benefits, and using the qualification to obtain work.

*An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the course.

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 learning.  A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

What are the College attendance requirements?

As this is a Distance Learning course, there is no need to attend college

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