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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of Health & Social Care courses do you offer?
We offer two Health and Social Care courses, the Certificate at level 2 and Diploma level 3 at Swindon College, each designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in Health and Social Care. Check out our website or prospectus for more details.

2. What different course levels are available to study?
A Technical Certificate at Level 2 in health care and childcare, and the advanced technical Diploma at Level 3.

3. What grades and qualifications do I need to enrol?
The Technical Certificate requires four GCSEs at grade 3 and above or equivalent. For the Level 3 Diploma, you will need four GCSE grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent. Both courses will require you to undergo a clear DBS check.

4. How long do the courses take to complete?
All these courses are full time study and will take two years to complete.

5. What kind of work will I be doing?
The level 2 Certificate will include communicating in healthcare, care and childcare settings, how to safeguard and work safely, and how to work with babies, children and families in childcare and health care. For the Level 3 Diploma, you will study subjects including; Personal and professional development, effective communications, safeguarding, understanding individual care needs, research in health and care, sciences and social policy.

6. What about work placements?
For Level 2 Healthcare Certificate you will attend college three days a week but you will also accumulate at least 150 hours in a work placement over the two years, which equates to one day a week working in either care or children settings. The Level 3 Diploma will see you attending college for three days a week and two days in work placement, where you will need to achieve a minimum of 220 hours of work placement per year.

7. What kind of careers will be open to me once qualified?
There’s a variety of roles you can enter once you’ve completed your course. You could consider becoming a Youth & Community Worker, Health Visitor, Nursery Nurse, Dietician, Social Worker, Midwife, Health Care Assistant, Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Nurse or a Pediatric Nurse.

8. Why should I choose Swindon College for Health & Social Care?
At Swindon College you’ll be taught the specialist vocational skills employers are looking for. We enjoy close links with many employers, so there are great opportunities for a variety of work placements and you’ll be with highly experienced tutors who can give you the support and guidance to succeed.

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