South Staffordshire College





Distance Learning Courses

South Staffordshire College offers a range of distance learning courses which are FREE* to learners aged 19+ by the 31st August preceding the start of the distance learning course.

To book on to a free course please contact 07813 134097 | 01785 710529 or email: training@southstaffs.ac.uk

Click on the course title to see details of what you could study.

  • Common Health Conditions

    Understand how to contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions (H/505/5382)
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions, including the observation, recording and reporting of these. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of the responses needed when there are changes to an individual’s condition.

    Introductory awareness of sensory loss (F/601/3442)
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the impact of sensory loss, the impact of attitudes and beliefs, the strategies to overcome these barriers, and the importance of effective communication. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of the main causes, symptoms and conditions associated with sensory loss.

    Stroke awareness (R/505/2526)
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the different types of stroke, their signs, symptoms and effect on the individual. It will help learners to gain knowledge of the response required in the event of an emergency, how to manage a stroke and the support that is available following a stroke.

    Arthritis awareness (D/505/8491)
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the different types of arthritis, their causes, signs and symptoms. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of the diagnosis, treatment, support and management of arthritis.

    Dementia awareness (J/505/2524)
    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge of what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how the actions of others can impact on individuals with the condition.

    Parkinson’s disease awareness (F/505/8497)
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of Parkinson’s disease and its underlying causes, the signs and symptoms of the condition and its impact. It will also help learners gain an understanding of treatment options, support services and strategies for managing the condition.

    Download the Common Health Conditions flyer (PDF)

  • Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health and Social Care

    Unit 01 Principles of the causes and spread of infection in health care settings
    In this unit learners will know how infection is caused and understand how it can be spread in a health care setting.

    Unit 02 Principles of the importance of personal hygiene and health in the prevention and control of infection in health care settings
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of the importance of personal hygiene and health in preventing infection in a healthcare setting.

    Unit 03 Principles of decontamination, cleaning and waste management in health care settings
    In this unit learners will understand the importance of cleaning, decontamination and waste management to prevent infection in a healthcare setting.

    Unit 04 Principles of infection prevention and control in a health care setting
    In this unit learners will understand the purpose of infection control. They will also understand the policy, roles and responsibilities relating to infection control.

    Download the Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health and Social Care flyer (PDF)

  • Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

    Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
    This unit explores the meaning of learning disability and considers issues closely linked with learning disability support. These include an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect individuals who have learning disabilities. This unit introduces themes of inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation and also considers the central place of communication in working with individuals who have learning disabilities.

    Introduction to personalisation in social care
    This unit is aimed at those working in a wide range of settings. It introduces understanding of how personalisation affects the provision of social care services, with a focus on the systems, skills and support needed to implement personalised provision.

    Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
    This unit introduces the important area of safeguarding individuals from abuse. It identifies different types of abuse and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse is occurring. It considers when individuals might be particularly vulnerable to abuse and what a learner must do if abuse is suspected or alleged.

    Principles of positive risk-taking for individuals with disabilities
    This unit provides the knowledge behind positive risk-taking. It highlights the importance of positive risk-taking for individuals with disabilities. It explores how to take a person-centred approach to enabling individuals to take risks and how to balance risk-taking with duty of care. The legislative context is also covered.

    Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions
    The unit provides introductory awareness on autistic spectrum conditions. It provides learners with key areas of knowledge and explores important themes such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person-centred support.

    Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare
    This unit provides the learner with the knowledge required to contribute to supporting an individual to access and use healthcare services.

    Download the Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities flyer (PDF)

  • Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

    Principles of communication in adult social care settings
    This unit introduces the importance of communication in adult social care settings, and ways to overcome barriers to meet individual needs and preferences in communication.

    Principles of personal development in adult social care settings
    This unit introduces the concepts of personal development and reflective practice, which are fundamental to adult social care roles.

    Principles of diversity, equality and inclusion in adult social care settings
    This unit introduces the concept of inclusion, which is fundamental to working in adult social care settings.

    Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
    This unit introduces the important area of safeguarding individuals from abuse. It identifies different types of abuse and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse is occurring. It considers when individuals might be particularly vulnerable to abuse and what a learner must do if abuse is suspected or alleged.

    Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    This unit introduces the concept of duty of care and awareness of dilemmas or complaints that may arise where there is duty of care.

    Understand the role of the social care worker
    This unit provides the knowledge required to understand the nature of working relationships, working in ways that are agreed with the employer, and working in partnership with others.

    Understand person-centred approaches in adult social care settings
    This unit introduces the concept of person-centred support as a fundamental principle of social care.

    Understand health and safety in social care settings
    This unit introduces knowledge and understanding of areas of health and safety required to working in a social care setting.

    Understand how to handle information in social care settings
    This unit introduces knowledge required for good practice in recording, storing and sharing information in a social care setting.

    Download the Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care flyer (PDF)

  • Understanding and Managing Diabetes

    Understand diabetes
    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how glucose and insulin function in the body, how different types of diabetes occur and the risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes.

    Prevention and early intervention of Type 2 diabetes
    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes.

    Understand the initial care of diabetes
    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how a diagnosis of diabetes can impact on an individual and how the condition can be managed and monitored.

    Understand the treatment and management of diabetes
    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the on-going care and treatment recommended to control blood glucose levels and prevent complications for people with diabetes.

    Download the Understanding and Managing Diabetes flyer (PDF)

  • The Principles of Dementia Care

    Understanding Dementia

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge of what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how others can have an impact on the individual with dementia.

    The person-centred approach to dementia care
    This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to enable the individual with dementia to experience well-being. Learners will be able to develop their knowledge of the person centred approach to dementia care and support.

    Factors that can influence communication
    This unit provides the underpinning knowledge required to develop awareness of differing communication needs and abilities of individuals with dementia in order to enhance positive interaction.

    Equality, diversity and inclusion
    This unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion that are fundamental to person centred care practice.

    Person-centred approaches to the administration of medication
    This unit is about knowledge and understanding of individuals who may have specific needs for receiving medication because of their experience of dementia. Learners will develop their knowledge of these medication requirements.

    Behaviour in the context of dementia care
    In this unit candidates will explore the different forms of behaviour and the factors that affect behaviour in someone with dementia. The candidate will also learn how to respond to behaviour some people may find ‘challenging’ in an appropriate and supportive manner.

    Benefits of engaging in social activities
    This unit will help the learners to understand the benefits of engaging in activities to enhance physical, mental and social well-being in a diverse range of settings.

    Download The Principles of Dementia Care flyer (PDF)

  • Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care

    Understand safeguarding in adult health and social care
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of issues relating to safeguarding adults in health and social care. Learners will explore current legislation and explain the roles of different agencies involved in protecting individuals from abuse or harm. The learner will know how to recognise potential and actual abuse, and take action in the event of disclosed suspected or alleged abuse or harm. The unit will help learners to understand ways to reduce the likelihood of abuse or harm and sources of information and support available.

    Principles of dignity in adult health and social care practice
    This unit aims to establish some of the key principles of dignity in adult health and social care practice. In this unit learners will explore issues relating to dignity, self-worth and well-being. The learner will know how to apply the principles of dignity and gain an understanding of the importance of professional relationships for supporting dignity in service provision.

    Understand duty of care in adult health and social care
    In this unit learners will explore issues relating to duty of care within the context of adult health and social care. The learner will gain an understanding of possible conflicts and dilemmas faced between duty of care and individuals rights. They will also be able to recognise and report unsafe practice and understand the impact of own actions on individuals and others.

    Understand dilemmas and public concerns in adult health and social care
    In this unit learners will explore potential dilemmas and issues of public concern in adult health and social care. This unit will help learners identify wider issues and how media reporting and people’s perception has impacted on adult health and social care practice and changes to service delivery.

    Download the Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care flyer (PDF)

  • End of Life Care

    Understand how to work in end of life care (H/506/5507)
    The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding when beginning to work in end of life care.

    Care planning in end of life care (L/506/5503)
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of the person-centred approach to care planning within end of life care.

    Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort (A/506/5495)
    This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to provide support for managing pain and discomfort.

    End of life care and dementia (K/505/1981)
    This unit aims to enable learners to understand how the condition of dementia impacts on an individual’s end of life care.

    Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death (H/505/1980)
    This unit aims to enable learners to understand the role of the care worker at time of death.

    Unit 06 Understand loss and grief in end of life care (M/505/1982)
    This unit aims to enable learners to understand the processes of loss and grief and their impact on the individual receiving care, significant others and care workers.

    Download the End of Life Care flyer (PDF)

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems

    Section 1 – Understanding mental health
    In this unit learners will understand what is meant by mental health and its impact. They will also look at the legal frameworks which ensure high quality care is provided.

    Section 2 – Understanding stress and anxiety
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of stress and its causes, as well as the effects stress can have on individuals and their daily life. Learners will gain an understanding of ways in which stress can be managed.
    Learners will also gain an understanding of anxiety, the causes of anxiety and how it affects the individual and others. Learners will also gain an understanding of ways in which anxiety can be managed.

    Section 3 – Understanding depression
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of depression, the causes of depression and how it can affect individuals and others. Learners will also gain an understanding of ways in which depression can be managed.

    Section 4 – Understanding phobias
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of phobias, the causes of phobias and the effect they can have on the individual and others. Learners will also gain an understanding of ways in which phobias can be managed.

    Section 5 – Understanding eating disorders
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of eating disorders, the causes of eating disorders and how they can affect the individual and others. Learners will gain an understanding of ways in which eating disorders can be managed.

    Section 6 – Understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of ADHD, the causes of the condition and the effect it can have on an individual and others. Learners will gain an understanding of ways in which ADHD can be managed.

    Section 7 – Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of OCD, the causes of OCD and how it can affect the individual and others. Learners will gain an understanding of ways in which OCD can be managed.

    Section 8 – Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of PTSD, its causes and how it can affect the individual and others. Learners will also gain an understanding of the ways in which PTSD can be managed.

    Section 9 – Understanding dementia
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of dementia, its causes and how it can affect the individual and others. Learners will also gain an understanding of the ways in which dementia can be managed.

    Section 10 – Understanding postnatal depression
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of postnatal depression and its causes, looking at how it can affect the individual and others. Learners will also gain an understanding of ways in which postnatal depression can be managed.

    Section 11 – Understanding bipolar disorder
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of bipolar disorder, its causes and the effect it can have on individuals and their daily lives. Learners will gain an understanding of ways in which bipolar disorder can be managed.

    Section 12 – Understanding schizophrenia
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of schizophrenia, the causes of schizophrenia and media representation of the condition. Learners will gain an understanding of ways in which schizophrenia can be managed.

    Download the Awareness of Mental Health Problems flyer (PDF)

  • Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

    Understand medication and prescriptions
    This unit provides an introduction to the many types of medicines learners are likely to encounter in a work environment. It introduces some of the legislation about medication and sources of information and guidance.

    Supply, storage and disposal of medication
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of the requirements for safe handling, storage and disposal of medication and the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to these procedures.

    Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication
    This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the safe administration of medication. It covers the processes, routes and methods of administration and some of the more common side effects and adverse reactions to medication.

    Record-keeping and audit processes for medication
    This unit provides an opportunity for learners to develop an understanding of the audit process, the records that must be maintained regarding the administration of medicine, and issues of accountability, responsibility and confidentiality.

    Download the Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care flyer (PDF)

  • Customer Service

    Principles of customer service and delivery
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of customer service and its effective delivery. Legal and ethical requirements relating to customer service and maintaining customer service information are also covered

    Understand customers
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of the different types of customers. Learners will understand the relationship between good customer service and customer loyalty, and how this affects the organisation in terms of reputation and image.

    Understand employer organisations
    This unit ensures learners understand organisational structures and the differences between the private, public and voluntary sectors. Learners will be able to describe the internal and external influences on organisations and why change within the business environment is important.

    Understand how to communicate with customers
    In this unit learners have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of communication techniques. They will identify and adapt their communication styles in order to offer the best customer service. Learners will increase their knowledge of the different forms of written communication and be able to select the most appropriate method that meets the needs of the customers.

    Understand how to handle customer information
    This unit develops the learner’s understanding and knowledge of customer service information systems and handover procedures – they will be able to record, retrieve and process information. Learners also plan and carry out handovers with colleagues in line with organisational procedures.

    Understand how to resolve problems and deliver customer service to challenging customers
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of how to deal with challenging customers and describe techniques to resolve problems. Learners will be able to identify customer service problems, agree solutions to problems, and manage unresolved problems by referral to other sources.

    Understand how to develop customer relationships
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of how to develop customer relationships and the value of customer loyalty and retention to the organisation. Learners will be able to describe how customers form expectations of the service they receive and explain the limits of their own authority in implementing improvements.

  • Equality and Diversity

    Section 1 – Equality and Diversity in Society
    In this unit the learner will consider what is meant by the terms ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’. They will develop an understanding of the effects of stereotyping, labelling, prejudice and discrimination and will start to understand the different characteristics that make us who we are.

    Section 2 – Equality and Diversity in the Community
    In this unit the learner will consider the extent and the value of diversity within a chosen community. As part of this they will develop an understanding of the potential inequalities which can occur within a community and the support services and groups which exist to ensure equality and diversity is maintained.

    Section 3 – Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
    In this unit the learner will develop an understanding of the meaning of equality and diversity in the workplace. This will include how equality and diversity is monitored in the workplace and how the rights of individuals are protected.

    Download the Equality and Diversity flyer (PDF)

  • Principles of Business Administration

    Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Business Administration

    Principles of providing administrative services 
    This unit will enable learners to develop the knowledge of a range of administrative support tasks. Learners will be able to describe the different types of meetings and develop an understanding of how to organise travel and accommodation. Learners will be able to describe the different mail services available and understand the impact of delivering poor customer service.

    Principles of business document production and information management 
    This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of how to prepare and distribute business documents and identify how information is managed in business organisations

    Understand communication in a business environment
    The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of the requirements of written and verbal business communication. Learners will be able to identify appropriate body language and tone of voice when communicating verbally

    Understand employer organisations 
    This unit ensures learners understand organisational structures and the differences between private, public and voluntary sectors. Learners will be able to describe the internal and external influences on organisations and why change in the business environment is important.

    Understand how to develop working relationships with colleagues
    The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of effective team working. Learners will be able to identify what is expected of a buddy and techniques for providing feedback.

    Understand how to carry out business administration tasks
    This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of how to deal with incoming and outgoing mail, and reception services. Learners will gain knowledge of diary systems management, event organisation and systems for financing in administrator roles.

    Understand how to prepare text
    The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of how to create text from notes. Learners will be able to explain how to prepare text from recorded notes and describe organisational procedures for storing confidential information.

  • Principles of Team Leading

    Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading

    Principles of team leading
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of leadership styles in organisations. Learners will develop knowledge of team dynamics and the techniques used to manage the work of teams. Learners will also gain an appreciation of the impact of change management and how a motivated team affects an organisation.

    Understand business
    This unit equips learners with an understanding of organisational structures and the business environment. Learners will gain knowledge in the principles of business planning and finance within an organisation, as well as business reporting, management responsibilities and accountabilities within an organisation.

    Understand how to communicate work-related information
    This unit equips learners with an understanding of the principles and techniques of work-related communication both verbally and in writing. Learners will also develop the knowledge of a range of documents required for different types of meetings in a business environment.

    Understand how to manage performance and conflict in the workplace
    This unit enables learners to develop knowledge of team performance management through bench marking. Learners will develop knowledge of managing individual underperformance and conflict in the workplace.

    Principles of equality and diversity in the workplace
    This unit develops learners’ understanding of standards and expectations for equality and diversity in the workplace. Learners will be able to identify the potential consequences for failing to comply with relevant legislation.

    Understand how to develop working relationships with colleagues
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of the principles of effective team working. Learners will be able to identify what is expected of a buddy and techniques for providing feedback.

    Understand health and safety procedures in the workplace
    This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of individual health and safety responsibilities and laws affecting the workplace.

    Understand how to develop and deliver a presentation
    This unit equips learners with the principles underpinning the development and delivery of presentations. Learners will describe the advantages and limitations of various forms of media. Learners will also describe factors affecting contingency plans and different methods of evaluating presentations.

  • Understanding Autism

    Introduction to autism
    This unit provides learners with an introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories and diagnosis. Learners will also look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.

    Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
    This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual. Learners will also look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks available to individuals and their families.

    Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
    This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism. It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

    Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism – including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. Learners will also consider how to the support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

    Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
    Through this unit learners will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. They’ll also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

    Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
    This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities. Learners will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

  • Principles of Care Planning

    Understanding person-centred thinking and planning
    This unit provides learners with knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of person-centred thinking, planning and reviews.

    Care planning for the care worker
    This unit provides learners with the knowledge and understanding required to facilitate working with individuals to carry out activities specified in their care or support plan, including person-centred assessment, planning, implementation and review.

    Understanding nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings
    This unit provides learners with the knowledge and understanding of promoting health and well-being through nutrition and hydration.

    Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene
    This unit provides learners with the underpinning knowledge for supporting individuals in maintaining personal hygiene. It covers good personal hygiene routines and why these are important, as well as the causes of poor personal hygiene.

    Understanding continence care
    The unit provides learners with the knowledge and understanding required to support individuals to manage continence. It covers the factors affecting continence, the management of continence, and the use of continence equipment.

    Principles of supporting sleep
    This unit provides learners with the knowledge required to establish the conditions that are likely to be suitable for sleep, and how to support individuals to sleep.

  • Understanding Working with People with Mental Health Needs

    Understand the role of the mental health worker
    In this unit learners will consider the standards required to work in the mental health sector and the factors that support good practice within this sector. Learners will also investigate how they can develop within their own work role and how to maintain their own wellbeing.

    Mental health and mental health issues
    In this unit learners will look into the need for positive mental health and the effects mental health problems can have on individuals. They will also investigate the different types of mental health problems and associated symptoms. Legislation and guidance that relate to mental health are also investigated.

    Understand duty of care in adult health and social care
    In this unit learners will explore issues relating to duty of care within the context of adult health and social care. The learner will gain an understanding of possible conflicts and dilemmas faced between duty of care and individuals’ rights. They will also be able to recognise and report unsafe practice and understand the impact of own actions on individuals and others.

    Approaches to care and management in mental health
    Learners will investigate the key features and principles of the care planning process and will identify aspects of good practice, including the key components of a risk assessment and the requirements of a mental health assessment. Learners will identify the agencies involved in the care process and the role they perform.

    Understanding change and support in relation to mental health
    This unit will help learners understand how mental health change occurs. They will look at the support available and the role of the support workers and others. Treatment options will be investigated as well as identifying support and resources available to those experiencing mental health problems.

  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

    This qualification is designed to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of behaviour that challenges and its effects. By completing the qualification, learners will develop indepth knowledge of behaviour that challenges which could support progression onto other appropriate qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care sector. This qualification would be valuable to learners already working in education and health and social care settings.

    Understand behaviour that challenges
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of how behaviour can be perceived as challenging. They will investigate the underlying issues that affect behaviour and the impact it can have on others.

    Understand how to support positive behaviour
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of how to identify behavioural changes and triggers that may escalate behaviour. They will then investigate how strategies and support plans can promote positive behaviour. Legislation that protects the rights of the individual will also be investigated.

    Understand the importance of effective communication and the management of behaviour that challenges
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of the impact communication can have on the management of behaviour that challenges. They will investigate the role of positive reinforcement and techniques to de-escalate behaviour. They will also gain an understanding of referral services available to support themselves and the individual.

    Understand the role of reflection and support for those involved in incidents of behaviour that challenges
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of the importance of reflection following an incident of behaviour that challenges. They’ll understand the consequences of their actions and how to maintain their own wellbeing.

  • Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

    Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

    Preparing to deliver customer service in health and social care settings
    In this unit learners will look at the expectations of customers within health and social care settings and the standards and values that employees in these settings should uphold. The learner will also review their own strengths and areas for improvement, relating to customer service, and identify ways these can be developed, and ways in which feedback on a personal and organisational level can be addressed.

    Effective communication for health and social care
    This unit covers developing positive working relationships with customers in a health and social care setting, using effective communication and removing barriers that prevent effective communication.

    Understand the specific needs of customers accessing health and social care services
    In this unit learners will explore a range of specific needs of customers accessing health and social care services and understand how to adapt communication styles and approaches for customers with specific needs. Learners will also look at how the health and social care service environment could be adapted to accommodate individual needs and how to respond to behaviour that is challenging.

    Teamwork in health and social care settings
    In this unit learners will consider what makes an effective team and the benefits of team work in a health and social care setting. The unit also covers possible causes of conflict and resolutions to overcome this.

  • Falls Prevention Awareness

    Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness

    Falls in Context
    In this unit learners will look at falls in different settings and understand the consequences that falling can have on an individual. It also covers falls awareness and prevention programmes, and legislation and guidance relating to falls.

    The risk factors and causes of falls
    This unit looks at the risk factors that can increase an individual’s likelihood of falling. It covers personal and environmental factors that can be a cause of falls.

    Falls assessment and prevention
    In this unit learners will understand how to assess, monitor and review an individual’s risk of falling. They’ll also look at a range of interventions that can reduce the risk of falls and the specialist support available.

    Managing falls
    This unit covers how to reduce the impact and minimise harm in the event of a fall, as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff in falls situations.

  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

    NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

    This qualification aims to give learners knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. The qualification can be used by a wide range of learners looking to improve their knowledge and awareness in this subject area.

    Unit 01: Understand Specific Learning Difficulties
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of what is meant by Specific Learning Difficulties. They will research the characteristics of different difficulties and co-occurring conditions. They will also gain an understanding of common misconceptions and how the difficulty is a lifelong condition.

    Unit 02: Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties
    In this unit learners will gain an understanding of how Specific Learning Difficulties affect an individual’s life and those of others. They will also understand how the attitudes of others can impact the individual. Learners will identify the strengths and barriers an individual may experience and how this can impact them.

    Unit 03: Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties
    In this unit learners will understand the importance of gaining an early diagnosis and the impact of delayed or non-diagnosis. They will also investigate the diagnosis process and the professionals involved.

    Unit 04: Understanding supporting individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties
    In this unit learners will understand how to support an individual with a Specific Learning Difficulty in different settings. They will gain an understanding of different coping strategies and assistive technology that can be used to support an individual. They will also understand the roles of professionals in providing support.

    Unit 05: Understand the context of Specific Learning Difficulties
    In this unit learners will understand how attitudes, legislation and services have evolved over time to support individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties. They will outline relevant legislation, polices and guidance and understand how these are implemented to support individuals.

  • Prevent and Safeguarding

    NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

    The purpose of this qualification is to increase the learner’s knowledge and awareness of the Prevent Duty and safeguarding, including online safety. By completing the qualification, learners will develop knowledge of safeguarding in an environment where they have a duty of care.

    Unit 01: Understanding the Prevent Duty
    In this unit learners will look at the Prevent Duty, understanding why it exists and what their roles and responsibilities are in relation to it. They’ll understand the terms ‘radicalisation’, ‘extremism’ and ‘terrorism’, and how to reduce the risk of radicalisation.

    Unit 02: Understanding safeguarding
    In this unit learners will understand the term ‘safeguarding’, identify national policies and local systems that relate to safeguarding, know how to recognise signs of abuse or potential harm and know how to respond if abuse or harm is disclosed, suspected or alleged.

    Unit 03: Understanding online safety
    The aim of this unit is to understand the potential consequences of inappropriate or illegal online activity, how to reduce the risks posed online, and how to spot signs and behavioural changes that could cause concern.

  • Understand Children and Young People’s Mental Health

    Understand Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Context
    In this unit learners will understand the concept of mental health. An understanding of how society views mental health and how this has changed over time will also be investigated. Learners will also understand the legislation in place to support children and young people’s mental health.

    Understand factors which may affect children and young people’s mental health
    In this unit learners will understand the risk factors that can affect children and young people’s mental health and how these can be mitigated. They will also investigate how developmental changes and puberty can impact children and young people.

    Understand children and young people’s mental health concerns
    In this unit learners will understand behaviours displayed by children and young people which may indicate a mental health concern. They will also investigate common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

    Understand the impact of children and young people’s mental health concerns
    In this unit learners will investigate the impact of mental health concerns on children, young people and others. They will also understand the importance of diagnosis and the reasons why there may be a reluctance to seek a diagnosis.

    Understand how to support children and young people with mental health concerns
    In this unit learners will understand the support available for children and young people’s mental health. They will investigate a person-centred approach, mental health promotion and the services and treatment available.

  • Understanding Nutrition and Health

    1 – Explore principles of healthy eating
    This unit looks at how diet affects a person’s health. Learners then look at how the 5 food groups contribute to a healthy diet and the role of different nutrients in maintaining health. The final section provides learners with an understanding of healthy food preparation.

    2 – Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals
    This unit encourages learners to look at how nutritional needs vary with age. Learners gain an understanding of the special dietary requirements of people following a vegetarian diet, people with certain cultural requirements, and people with allergies. They also gain an awareness of the factors that create barriers to healthy eating.

    3 – Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
    In this unit learners gain an awareness of the information provided on food labels and how this may be used to help plan a healthy diet. They will learn the facts behind nutritional claims on food labels and will consider the advantages and disadvantages of using food additives. In the final section learners evaluate their own diet and make recommendations for improvement

    4 – The principles of weight management
    This unit aims to give learners an understanding of weight management and how to plan a short-term weight management programme.

    5 – Understanding eating disorders
    This unit gives learners an understanding of different types of eating disorders, how they develop, and their effect on health and wellbeing.

    6 – Principles of food safety for the home environment
    In this unit learners will understand food safety in a home environment. They will investigate safe handling of food, food storage and food disposal. They will also look at correct cooking temperatures to ensure food is safe to eat.

  • Introducing Caring for Children and Young People

    Level 2 Certificate Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
    This course is suitable for anyone currently working with, or intending to work with, children and young people, or anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of care for these age groups. The qualification can also be used to complement a personal or voluntary role working with children and young people.

    Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
    This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.

    Importance of play for early learning
    This unit gives learners an understanding of the importance of play within early learning.

    Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
    In this unit, learners gain an awareness of the information that is provided on food labels and how this may be used to plan a healthy diet. You will learn the facts behind nutritional claims on food labels and will consider the advantages and disadvantages of using food additives. Learners will also evaluate their own diet and make recommendations for improvement.

    The value of play to young children
    This unit will enable learners to gain an understanding of the value of play in the development of young children and how the role of the adult supports this.

    Young children’s development
    This unit will enable learners to gain an understanding of how young children’s development during the first three years of their lives and how meeting their basic needs supports development.

  • Maths

    Level 1 Certificate in Maths

    Working with whole numbers
    This unit aims to develop a good basic understanding of arithmetic skills and computation associated with working with whole numbers. The unit also helps to secure appropriate strategies for the use of both mental and assisted methods for calculation.

    Working with fractions
    This unit will develop skills and build confidence in basic computations with fractions and help the learner begin to work with fractions in practical activities.

    Working in decimals and percentages
    This unit develops skills and builds confidence in basic computations involving decimals and percentages and will help the learner begin to work with decimals and percentages on paper and using a calculator.

    Working with measurement
    In this unit the learner will develop and reinforce a basic level of knowledge and skills associated with working with time, distance and other common units of measurement.

    Working with 2D shapes and space
    This unit aims to develop the learner’s awareness of the properties and features of 2D shapes. The unit also looks at solving problems using mathematical properties of 2D shapes.

    Working with money
    In this unit learners will develop and secure basic levels of computation and calculation related to sums of money.

    Working with statistics
    This unit will help learners to develop a basic level of awareness about handling data, retrieving data from a range of sources and to be able to make statements about data sets.

    Working with probability
    This unit will help learners to develop an understanding of probability and to state the likely outcome of events in mathematical terms.

    Working with basic algebra and geometry
    This unit aims to develop a basic understanding of some of the broader mathematics concepts and content.

    Working with mathematical skills
    This unit will develop a basic understanding of some of the Skills Standards associated with Functional Skills.

  • Information, Advice or Guidance

    Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
    This qualification is designed for those people who work in, or are looking to work in an information, advice or guidance role such as:

    • Careers Advisor
    • Counsellor
    • Customer Service Advisor
    • Debt Advisor
    • Employment Advisor
    • Help-desk Advisor
    • Housing Support Worker
    • Learning Support Worker
    • Legal Services Support Workers
    • Peer Mentor.

    with a range of employers such as:

    • local authorities
    • careers advice services
    • voluntary sector organisations
    • student services
    • citizen advice services
    • housing associations.

    This qualification aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice or guidance and applying these within their own context.

    Information, advice or guidance in practice
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the differences between information, advice and guidance and the requirements of different clients and how these could be met. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of their boundaries and responsibilities in offering information, advice and guidance, including signposting, referrals and record-keeping.

    Developing interaction skills for information, advice or guidance
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of how to interact with clients, including appropriate and effective question styles, listening skills and non-verbal communication skills. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of the impact of values, beliefs and attitudes on the interactions and the importance of confidentiality and impartiality. It will also help learners to identify personal strengths and development needs.

    Signposting and referral in information, advice or guidance
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the difference between signposting and referrals, when it is appropriate to refer or signpost an individual organisation’s procedures. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of good practice when signposting and referring, including recording, monitoring and evaluating signposting and referrals.

    Information, advice or guidance – context
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of information, advice or guidance in the context of their own practice and a specific group of clients; exploring different ways of assisting clients to explore and make choices. It will also help learners to gain knowledge on discriminatory practices and behaviours affecting specific client groups, barriers and how to overcome them.

    Skills for advice providers
    The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the purpose and process of an advice interview, including the relationship between client and advisor, the advisor’s role, stages of the advice interview and client confidentiality. It will also help learners to gain knowledge of social policy in advice work and sources of information, negotiating effectively on a client’s behalf and support and action planning.

*Please note that we charge learners that fail to complete the course within 12 weeks a fee of £125. This is a contribution to our costs associated with this course. Should you withdraw or not complete, you will be sent an invoice for this amount.

FT = Full-Time, PT = Part-Time, WBL = Work Based Learning

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