• Health and Social Care: Skills for Practice

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    January start full time

  • Start Date

    From 15 Jan 2018

  • Campus Availability


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If you’re interested in a career in health or social care, then this course can help you on your way. It offers you a broad perspective across key areas to prepare you for your next progression route or employment.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working with people
  • Five relevant National 5s or equivalent OR
  • An interview with us
  • A satisfactory reference
  • To become a member of the PVG scheme
  • If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

    What's Involved

    This course will equip you with the range of knowledge, skills and values you’ll need for working in care practice.

    Each week you’ll spend 2 and half days in college and have the opportunity to engage in voluntary opportunities in a care setting. These opportunities cover a whole range of care services across Ayrshire from the local authority, private and voluntary sectors.

    This course will introduce you to techniques that are important in the Health and Social Care sector. Areas covered include a person centred approach to care, safe practice in care and practical caring skills.

    Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

    • You’ll explore the concept of Person Centred care, understanding the underpinning values and principles of a Person Centred care approach and the use of effective communication in the promotion of Person Centred care to individuals.
    • You’ll develop an understanding of the importance of multidisciplinary team working in the delivery of care.
    • You’ll learn how to assess and recognise the needs and potential vulnerability of individuals requiring care.
    • You’ll develop an understanding of the basic care skills required to undertake the role of a care worker in a health or social care setting.

    Throughout the course, you’ll hear from a range of guest speakers, including people from the health board and local care services.

    Go Anywhere

    When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

    • Moving onto a higher course such as Higher Health and Social Care ; Higher Working with Communities
    • Seeking to start your career in the Care Sector with employment as a Support Worker, Home Care Worker or Care Assistant