Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
2 September 2019TBCAnthony 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?

Sometimes, getting your foot in the door is the most important step towards getting the job of your dreams.  That’s why our Level 2 programme is based around work experience and gaining an understanding of health and social care jobs in your local area. Many of our Level 2 students are successful in gaining employment in the sector once they’ve completed our Level 2 study programme, either as an Apprentice or as a full time employee. The programme can be a useful transition between school and higher-level courses such as our Level 3 in Health and Social Care, and it can give you the space to develop your English, Maths, and job-readiness skills.

What will you do?

You might have done some Health and Social Care course at school.  Yes, there are some classroom learning activities, and yes, you will have to complete a piece of coursework or two.  But there are other parts of the programme that are equally important. You’ll be working in teams to develop health promotion materials.  You’ll be visiting local health and social care settings and you could also visit settings on the Mainland.  You’ll be learning some basic first aid techniques, and other important skills such as how to keep yourself and others safe, how to control and prevent infections, and how to communicate effectively with people with different needs from different walks of life.

How will you learn?

You will participate in a period of industry experience, within a health or social care setting.  This gives you a first-hand opportunity to learn about what care is and how care is practiced.  Then, you will take this learning into the classroom for debates, discussions, practical activities, reflection and independent reading around the subject. We’re keen on letting you grow and develop, whilst appreciating the link between education and work.

How will you be assessed?

You will set yourself some targets at the start of the year, and you’ll have academic tutorials at regular intervals to monitor your progress.  These targets might be based around improving your English and Maths grades.  You will also set targets around your job-readiness, based on what local employers tell us that they want from new members of staff. The main qualification you’re working towards is the Lv1/Lv2 First Certificate in Health and Social Care, which includes two hour-long exams and five or six coursework assignments. You might want to stay on our Level 2 programme for another year, and top up to the Lv1/Lv2 First Diploma, which is broadly equivalent to four GCSE’s.  Your final destination is important to us, whether it is another course at college, an apprenticeship, or a job, and we assess ourselves, as a college, on positive destinations such as these.

Our achievements are your achievements, and we pride ourselves on your success.

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 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 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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