Course Information

Who is the course for?

This qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health and social care workforce in England.

The learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. The awarding body is City & Guilds.

Start Date (no late starters accepted)Application DeadlineDeposit Deadline
Monday 27 January 2014 Friday 25 October 2013 Friday 22 November 2013
Monday 5 May 2014 Friday 31 January 2014 Friday 28 February 2014

This course is for any student already qualified in the care profession or students who have a keen interest in the care sector. You should have a special interest in developing further skills in communication skills and personal development. This Level 3 qualification is designed to be applicable to a range of roles within the health and social care sector. It covers a wide range of duties in delivering care and support, the assessment of individual needs and the planning of packages of care. It may involves liaising with other professionals, families, service users and other providers and participating in team meetings or working with the management.

Bridgwater College is a publicly funded Highly Trusted Sponsor and is able to offer Tier 4 general Student visa under its UKBA licence. Bridgwater College is on the official UKBA register of sponsors.

As a student on an international General Student Visa you must study 66 % at least of the course in College premises and 33% is allocated to your work placement.  The contact time has to be the equivalent of 15 hours per week minimal. In addition to your placement your General Student Visa will entitles you to additional work hours. This will be strictly monitored by the college. Please do check the UKBA website for the latest regulations.

What will I study on the course?

Your college studies will take place from Monday to Friday 8.30am -12.30pm and 1pm -6pm. (4.30pm on Fridays).

Week 1- 15

  • Underpinning knowledge and practical sessions
  • Academic tutorials and workshops to give you the opportunity and the resources to complete all the academic work for achieving the qualifications with the trainer
  • A one day first aid course
  • Moving and handling course
  • Personal development
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Promote communication in the Health and Social Care setting
  • The role of the care worker
  • Promote and implement Health and Safety, Fire Safety and Security
  • Promote good practice in handling information in Health and Social Care
  • How to manage stress
  • Promote person centred approaches in Health and Social Care
  • Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
  • Understand pressure area care
  • Promote equality and inclusion in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in Health and Social Care
  • Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia
  • Principles of supporting individuals with their personal hygiene
  • Understand sensory loss
  • Consolidation.

What will I need for the course?

An agreed placement authorised by Bridgwater College involving a care position within a care service to ensure you fully meet the practice requirements for assessment of this award. Bridgwater College does not make any arrangements for placements however you may call us to contact our agent.

  • A completed International Application form
  • A copy of all your main education qualifications as well as your Health and Social Care relevant qualifications such as your nursing qualifications or ITQ Special Diploma
  • An IELTS score (International English Language Testing System) at overall Grade 5 with 5 in speaking and writing
  • An appropriate workplace position.

What makes this course special?

The course offers opportunity to gain the underpinning knowledge evidence in a more formal education setting. You will have networking opportunities and peer support. You will use a wide range of college facilities in the Learning Resource Centre.

The course has been designed in such a way that it follows the UKBA regulations and gives you the best possible employment structure. Students will study at college one full week a month (43.5 hours) and then work to a maximum of 17.5 hours a week for the remaining of the month.

The College applies a 'zero tolerance' absence policy. The College will closely monitor attendance.

We also offer as an option a preparation to the IELTS test (International English language testing System) for you to be able to progress onto the university level courses at the end of this course.

How will I be assessed?

22.5 hours have also been allocated for individual assessment. Your assessor will assess you in the workplace and will help you organise a portfolio of evidence which will include observations of your work, testimonies from other people, work records and questions.

Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Questioning
  • Self reporting
  • Assessment of portfolio
  • Reflective accounting
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects.

How long is the course?

The duration of the course is 15 months and has to be fully completed by the agreed end date. It is the equivalent of 45 week course made of 1012.5 hours divided as follows: 652.5 of curriculum delivery in college premises, 22.5 hours of individual assessment and 337.5 hours maximum of placement work plus an additional 10 hours a week of work entitlement during your non study weeks. Your calendar of studies will also identify the weeks you may work full time because on holidays.

Will this course lead to a qualification?

This course will lead to a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care from City & Guilds assuming the work based assessor and the candidate complete the evidence gathering and assessment in the workplace as well as fulfilling the Diploma requirements.

In addition you will have the opportunity to improve your IELTS score.

What can I do on completion of this course?

Once you have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care you will have the choice of progressing to the next level.

You may chose a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care in the institution of your choice or the Overseas Nursing Programme both subject to entry criteria.

How much will it cost?

The International fees for this course starting in September 2014 are £4,000 (there is an additional charge for agreed placements over the 100 miles radius from college). All placements must be authorised by the college prior to enrolment.

Please click here for International Fees document.

To gain a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) from us to support your visa application you must pay the course in full. However should your visa be refused prior to the start of the course we will refund you in full* minus £200 for administrative charges. For transfer of colleges within the UK please contact the International Office. All fees must be paid prior to the start of the course and falls under the college international fee policy.

* Subject to terms and conditions as set in your offer letter.

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