Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCAnthony Brammer

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

Who is this programme for?

Young people who are committed and determined to start a rewarding and successful career in any of the health care or social care professions will be really interested in this course.  Many of our Level 3 students have gone on to do Nursing Degrees either at university or through a Nursing Apprenticeship.  We’ve also helped future teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, senior support workers, and many others on their way to successful careers.  There are so many different possible rewarding roles in health and social care, and it’s a sector that always has job vacancies and high employment opportunities both on the Island and elsewhere around the world.

What will you do?

The Level 3 study programme is a mixture of work experience, formal qualification, and building on the skills that are most sought-after within health and social care.  It’s a two-year programme and there will be a mixture of social care and health care industry experience opportunities.  You’ll be on placement for half of your first year and all of your second year, for at least two days a week, working in a health or social care setting alongside qualified and experienced professionals, and working directly with people who need care and support.  Those people are often the most vulnerable members of your community, and in order to look after them effectively, you will be developing communication skills, team working skills, building self-confidence, demonstrating the importance of reliability and trustworthiness, and other qualities of a care worker. There will be some classroom learning, for about two days a week, and through group seminars and one-to-one tutorials you will discover the links between your industry experience, your developing job-readiness skills, and the theoretical framework.

How will you learn?

The industry experience is hands-on learning within a health or social care setting.  The classroom-based learning will be a mixture of group tasks and independent research.  We have a lot of links with local employers, and you will learn through visiting speakers, activities set up by groups of employers, and group visits to various locations both on the Island and on the Mainland.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed against the targets that you set at the start of Year 1.  These will be based around your work-readiness, according to what local employers tell us that they need from new care staff.  You will be assessed on these work-readiness skills during your placements.  Your main vocational qualification will be the Cache/NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, with a specialist focus on Health Studies.  The qualification consists of 18 units over the two years, marked by college; and two exams, one at the end of each year.

At the end of the second year, you will have the equivalent of three A-Levels, and you will be able to apply to university with this qualification.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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