Duration of Study Programme
1 Academic Year
This qualification has been created to develop and reward the business health and social care workers of today and the future, and to continue to bring recognition and professionalism to the health and social care sector. The rationale of the programme is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their management and care capabilities within the health and social care sector.
Learners studying this Diploma will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:
- Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically
- The ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding the ability to think independently and solve problems
- Apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
- Recognise the moral and ethical issues of health and social care practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct
- An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision
- Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, assemble arguments in a mature way and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists
- Transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing needs
- Circumstances, whether within their own area of employment, or through promotion to a supervisory or management position, or to adapt to changes in the health/social care environment
- To motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career.
What you will study
You will study modules such as:
- Academic Study Skills
The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop the necessary skills and understanding to study effectively within higher education. This will enable learners to acquire the necessary reflective and critical thinking skills required to achieve individual learning potential.
- Communication for Health and Social Care
The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s awareness of different forms of communication used in health and social care settings and its importance for effective service delivery.
- An Introduction to Healthcare Policy
The aim of this unit is to develop your awareness of different influences on healthcare and their effect on the development of policy. Evaluation of healthcare policy will allow learners to examine what are the key contemporary issues for those making policy, providers and those receiving support.
- Reflective Practice
This unit is designed to introduce the learner to reflective practice in all its forms. Reflections on practice and in practice are important concepts in health and social care and feed into the idea of self -development linking theory to practice.
- Managing People in Health and Social Care
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the processes involved in the recruitment, management and development of people in the health and social care workplace. In this unit learners will investigate the processes involved in the management of individuals in the health and social care workplace and how to facilitate change in the organisation.
- Sociology Concepts in Health and Ill Health
The aim of this unit is for learners to gain an understanding of sociological concepts of health and ill health and their application to care practice in health and social care. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of the nature of contemporary society and its influences on the perception of health and illhealth.
Learners will explore how society isstructured in terms of age, gender, ethnicity,social class, family and households and its impact on health and wellbeing.
How you will learn
This diploma is delivered with a flexible classroom-based method, through a variety of course materials, case studies, discussions, presentations, enquiry-based learning and problem-solving activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of our own teaching portal.
Method of Assessment
These qualifications are vocational as they can support a learner’s career progression. To meet QUALIFI’s aim to provide an appropriate assessment method each unit will be assessed through tasks that will be written in a way to make them realistic ‘work-related’ tasks wherever possible.
Learners will need to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and. Original thought, problem solving and recommendations on actions will also be asked for from learners where appropriate for the unit. Intellectual rigour will be expected appropriate to the level of the qualification.
Assignments will contain a question strand for each of the given unit’s learning outcomes. The assignment tasks will address the LO (learning outcome) and AC (assessment criteria) requirements. Within assignments there will always be requirements for learners to engage with important and relevant theory that underpins the subject area.
The assignment questions will require learners to draw on real organisations to illustrate their answers. To support this activity during the programme of learning, centres are required to make sure that they include case studies of relevant organisations and, wherever possible, facilitate in-company opportunities for learners to undertake research and investigation projects and/or support the organisation with various tasks. Mature and part-time learners will ideally be able to draw on their personal work experience too.
The qualification has been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression. Learners will be expected to hold the following:
- some ability and possess qualifications at Level 3, for example ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards;
- some time in an organisational role and shown they have capability and drive to develop;
- learners seeking further professional development and gain work-related skills and know how.
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required.
Fees & funding