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Health & Social Care Level 4

Health & Social Care Level 4

[ UMNH13 ]


About this course

    Course Length - 12 Months
    Award Received - Level 4 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
    Course Code: MNH13

This comprehensive Health and Social Care Home Study course from the Distance Learning specialists, UK Distance Learning & Publishing, has been specially written by an experienced tutor and practitioner in the area of Health and Social Care. This qualification will greatly enhance your CV and increase your chances of employment or allow you to apply for promotion. By taking this distance learning course in Health and Social care from home it allows you the flexibilty to study in your own time.

Course Description

This comprehensive Health and Social Care Home Study course from the Distance Learning specialists, UK Distance Learning & Publishing, has been specially written by an experienced tutor and practitioner in the area of Health and Social Care. If you want to enter this varied and exciting area of work or want to enhance your knowledge and skills, this is the course for you.
As you will see from the description of the course below, the range of the various components of the study of Health and Social Care is enormous. We are confident that whatever your next step, you will have a good grounding of the theory involved prior to undertaking on-the-job experience or, if you are already working in a related environment, your expertise will be increased considerably.
The term Health and Social Care covers a wide range of integrated disciplines including elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law, and ethics. From this study, students should be able to progress to a more specialised area of further study or a related occupation or training.

Course Content

1 - Communication

    Methods of Communication
    Hearing Impairment
    Factors that Support and Inhibit Communication
    Non-verbal Communication
    Factors Effecting Verbal Communication
    Factors Affecting Written Communication
    Factors Affecting Oral Verbal Communication
    Communication Difficulties
    Communication Barriers in Different Care Settings
    Theories Relating to Communication

2 - Promoting Quality Care

    Rights and Responsibilities of Service Users
    Children and Young People
    Vulnerable Adults
    Staying Safe
    Facilitation of Access to Services
    Value Systems
    Psychological Life Quality Factors
    Practical Skills

3 - Life Cycle & Disorders

    Life Expectancy
    Factors Influencing Development
    Genetic Factors

4 - Theories of Development

    Theories of Human Development
    Psychodynamic Perspective
    Biological Perspective
    Humanist Perspective
    Constructive Perspective
    Behavioural Perspective
    Skinner's contribution
    Social Learning Perspective
    Language Acquisition
    Theories of Personality Development
    Evaluation of the Psychometric Explanation
    Bowlby's Theory of Attachment
    The Application of Theories to Aid the Understanding of Human Behaviour and Development
    Childcare and Education services
    Day or Residential Care settings for Adults

5 - Quality of Life

    Psychological factors
    Conflicting Quality of Life Factors

6 - Nutrition

    Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)
    Eating Disorders

7 - Addiction


8 - Abuse

    Staying Safe
    Abuse and the Law
    Sexual Offences Act 2003
    Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill 2003
    Rights of Victims

9 - Mental Health

    The Concept of Mental Health
    Definition of Mental Health
    Attitudes to Mental Disorder
    History of Mental Illness
    Definition of Mental Disorders
    Major Symptoms and Causes
    Schizophrenia (Greek meaning to split the mind)
    Bipolar Affective Disorder
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    Anxiety Disorder
    Specific Phobias
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

10 - Social Care Provision

    Treating People Well
    Care Plans
    Barriers to Care
    Rights and Responsibilities of Service Users
    Social Services

11 - Legislation

    NHS and Community Care Act 1990
    The Mental Health Act
    Suicide Act
    Human Rights Act
    The Mental Capacity Act
    Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)
    Court Appointed Deputies
    A New Court of Protection
    A New Public Guardian
    Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
    Advance decisions to refuse treatment
    A criminal offence
    The Children Act 1989
    The Children Act 2004
    Every Child Matters
    Childcare Act 2006
    United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989
    The Disability Discrimination Act
    Race Relations Act 1976

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales

Method Of Study

  • The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
  • You will get full tutor support via email
  • You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors
  • You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
  • Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
  • You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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