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Health and Social Care Courses

Health and Social Care Courses

There is no clear-cut definition of social care. It covers a wide range of services provided by local authorities and the independent sector to children and adults in need or at risk. Carers typically find themselves working in: care homes, clinics, hospitals, medical practices, and out in the community in the homes of people in need of their help.

The work can be, and often is, challenging, but it is so rewarding. Note what Karim Silmane said after changing careers and becoming a support worker with autistic people:

"I enjoy helping people to live individual lives with access to everyday things and choices. You can make a real change to someone's life and see how people develop over time with your support."

Social carers provide such support for people in many and varied situations including:

  • Older people struggling to cope with their circumstances
  • People with mental health problems
  • The homeless
  • People with learning or physical disabilities
  • Those with alcohol or substance misuse
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Those involved in fostering, adoption and child protection
  • Young offenders
  • Families and carers under pressure

This vast variety of work prompted us to provide accredited general social care courses and selected health and social care courses that offer specialised training.

Browse our Health and Social Care Courses by popularity below, each with a brief description. You can also sort courses alphabetically and by the latest ones added.

Click on the course to get full details that suits your requirements and enrol without delay... Because the knowledge and understanding you are sure to gain will definitely help make a difference.

5 LESSONS  
£239.99 £180.00
This course on life-span development is designed to help you explore the issues related to the development of the life-span. Among the topics you will explore are: why people are living longer the impact of longer life-span on health and care services the influences on health at different stages in the life span how we can use the life-span model outlined in ... full details
5 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
This course is designed to introduce students and practising health professionals to a critical analysis of caring in the mixed economy, namely the social context of care. The influences which shape the way we think about current social issues, how we define health and social needs and what we expect of health and social care services will be explored. Work on this ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
In a delivery room in a maternity hospital, a mother is about to give birth. There are four people present: the mother herself, the baby's father, who's been there throughout, a midwife and a doctor, and then suddenly a fifth human being is in the room, a human being that no one has ever seen before. What will that human being become? Will she be Prime Minister ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
The focus of this course is to help you explore the psychological aspects of caring in the changing society we live in. In this unit you will learn about the application of psychological theory and principles to the roles and behaviours involved in caring. In order to accomplish this, you will examine the historical development of caring, definitions of caring and the ... full details
5 LESSONS  
£369.99 £277.00
This programme is designed for people who wish gain abroad understanding of how health care (NHS and private) is structured, the services provided and how staff in health care can help to ensure that patients and users to access the health services they require. The objectives of the course are to: Develop a broad understanding of the structure and responsibilities... full details
5 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
By the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate recognition of loss as a key feature of the experience of service users in a range of social work settings. This course aims to enable you to explore the potential impact of the service users' own experiences of loss on their practice, identifying their own developmental and support needs. Emphasis is also ... full details
12 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
This course enables you to think about what theory is and how it relates to social work methods. You will examine how and why theories are developed and how they apply to the practice of social work. You will gain an understanding of how theories and methods can be evaluated, compared and contrasted, and thus best applied to your work. In these twelve units you will ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
Public sectors organizations such as social services and NHS trusts are driven by internal and external forces such as the government, innovations in the private sector of new or more efficient health and social care products, and are required to demonstrate their performance against set criteria.  Mulgan and Albury (2003) suggest “Innovation should be a core ... full details
8 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
The Home Office acting in conjunction with the Department of Health produced "No Secrets". This offered "Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse". This course uses the suggestions made in "No Secrets" as a foundation for building a more detailed study of this area of ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£309.99 £232.00
Questions of ethics and values are generally everywhere in life. We all have our views as to what is important, what is right and what is wrong. No one comes to this topic as a beginner. However, in everyday life we are not necessarily always required to examine our values. Questions to do with ethics and values are everywhere in social work. This course is an ... full details
9 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
It might be useful to begin by saying what this course is not intended to be. It is not intended to be a research methods programme. Many people who have not studied research before are anxious that they will be confronted by a mass of confusing statistics which they neither feel equipped to understand, nor are particularly interested in. This anxiety has its origins in ... full details
4 LESSONS  
£179.99 £135.00
This programme has been written for those working in the care industry and whose work may at some point include moving clients from one position to another. Helping learners to develop the skills they need to move and handle clients safely, considering their physical comfort and well-being. The programme also includes guidance about the safe moving and handling of ... full details
4 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
Ever since the Mental Health Act, 1983 established Community Mental Health Teams there has been a slow, smouldering enthusiasm developing for joined up practice and increasingly multi-disciplinary teams are seen as a positive way forward to ensure a co-ordinated response to people and their problems. This course will help you to look at the way social work and social ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£309.99 £232.00
This course is designed to give students the skills to develop critical appreciation and knowledge about social work group practice. As the power of the group can be extremely powerful and influential, it is necessary to gain a critical appreciation of the group process so that it does not overwhelm. Social Work With and Within Groups provides the theoretical framework ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£309.99 £232.00
In order to be accountable to society, any profession must maintain clear standards against which acceptable practice can be measured. "Competences" are the widely accepted form of measurement for the social work profession, and the subject of this module. About Social Care Competence Among the range of topics this encompasses are principles of learning, ... full details
1 LESSONS  
£209.99 £157.00
The Certificate in Active Citizenship qualification aims to develop learners’ knowledge, values, and skills in order to help them to play an active, effective, and responsible role in their society. Citizenship is relevant to all ages and communities, enabling learners to have a better understanding of their own identity, the skills to express opinions about issues ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
To understand the history and context of Poverty we need to see where poverty came from, how it was understood and what structures were developed by society in order to understand poverty. The course covers: History and context of Poverty Definitions of Poverty Developing eligibility The development of social work as a profession The term Social ... full details
8 LESSONS  
£219.99 £165.00
Industrial sociology concerns itself with two basic characteristics of industry and the workplace. It examines the production of goods and services in society, and specifically the nature of the social relations involved in the production process. These social relations may be of a harmonious nature, or they may create conditions of conflict. The second element is the ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
Social work is an extremely complex and challenging practice which cannot be learnt simply by following a given set of laws, rules and procedures. Because it is carried out to assist people at every stage of life who are encountering difficulties, there is no set way to approach it. However, this unit does offer a competence-based approach to social work and social ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
This course is an introduction to a particularly broad and complex topic: the relationship between ideas about social work and what social workers actually do. The sorts of questions that we will be considering in this course are: What is it that social workers actually do? What is social work supposed to be trying to achieve - and how should we go about it? ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£369.99 £277.00
Sociology is essentially the study of human society. It examines the origins and development of society, human social relationships as well as the organisations and institutions within society. Sociology seeks to understand how human thoughts and behaviours both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. About Our Sociology Course This ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£219.99 £165.00
Evaluative research is a particularly useful approach to research in health and social care because it enables us to determine the value of the services we provide. This course will define evaluative research and discuss its purpose in relation to health and social care. You will distinguish between evaluative research and exploratory research and go on to explore how ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£229.99 £172.00
This course is designed to give a broad introduction to research, which students can also build on through the other research methods texts in this series of open learning materials. In this core unit you will come across some of the basic principles of research, as well as the terminology commonly used in research. full details
5 LESSONS  
£209.99 £157.00
This course is ideal for those responsible for co-ordinating and delivering activities in care settings. The course aims to increase individual workers’ knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out and evaluating activities, thereby enhancing the quality of care that service users’ experience. Whilst the main focus is on working with older people in ... full details
8 LESSONS  
£249.99 £187.00
Through this course you will increase your awareness of the extent to which social policy affects all of us in our everyday personal and working lives. It builds on your knowledge by considering substantive areas of social policy, in particular policies on health, community care and housing, and encourages you to think more broadly about the interrelationships between ... full details
1 LESSONS  
£109.99 £82.00
The Certificate in Drug Awareness was originally developed by NCFE and Wigan Drug Action Team as a short, awareness raising course for students in schools and colleges and those from a wider audience who have an interest in raising their own understanding of drug use in our society. The course provides a basic standard of accurate, up-to-date knowledge of drugs and drug ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£239.99 £180.00
Each of the six lessons is in two main parts. The first part (Practice Focus) deals with one of the six clusters of occupational standards. The numbering of the six lessons corresponds with the six clusters of occupational standards. The statements from the occupational standards are reframed so that the students can focus on enhancing their knowledge and understanding. The... full details
6 LESSONS  
£309.99 £232.00
When it comes to caring at home, physical care is likely the type of care that comes to mind most readily. This involves helping people to attend to their personal needs, such as bathing and dressing, however psychological and social care are equally important. In this course you will come to understand the many services which contribute to care at home, and how to ... full details
5 LESSONS  
£205.99 £154.00
This course is appropriate for the widest possible range of candidates, including anyone wanting to learn more about drug issues, those working with substance mis-users, and people in support work roles, such as youth work, counselling or community work. The qualification will help learners develop awareness of the key issues around drug use and misuse. It aims to ... full details
9 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
If you work in health care your activities are constrained by the legal framework within which you work. The reasons for wanting to understand the legal aspects of health care are numerous, and range from wanting to avoid the increasing litigation in the health care system and ensuring correct procedures be followed, to knowing the rights of employees and employers. The ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
The law is complex, confusing and at times contradictory. It also changes rapidly. This course will teach you how to use and apply the law within the context of social work. This course is for students or social workers who are looking to develop their skills and understanding of the requirements for practice. The course will provide an in-depth understanding of how the ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£259.99 £195.00
This course is designed to give a broad introduction to qualitative research design. You will be exploring different approaches to qualitative research, including ethnography, phenomenology and grounded theory. The student will also be considering ways in which a researcher undertaking qualitative research collects and analyses data using observation and interviewing ... full details
20 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
Have you ever attended a wedding and watched the faces of the near relatives, and wondered what sort of a marriage the couple would have - what influence the in-laws would have, how the housework would be distributed, where the household would be set up, etc? Have you ever noticed the number of things you do without thinking - like wearing the right clothes, ... full details
5 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
This course is designed to prepare a range of health and social care professionals for their role as mentors within the health and social care setting. The course will prepare individuals critically to reflect, explore and apply principles of mentorship, work-based learning and assessment within their practice settings. The Learning Outcomes for this course are:... full details
6 LESSONS  
£279.99 £210.00
The units each describe an aspect of accountability in social work practice. At every stage in each unit examples are given of the application in practice of the theories, methods and issues under discussion and activities are provided to enable learners to explore in relation to their own experience what may be unfamiliar ideas and concepts. full details
12 LESSONS  
£319.99 £240.00
Since the 1970s the provision of services and support for people who are affected by problems of ageing, mental illness, mental handicap or physical or sensory disability to be able to live as independently as possible in their own homes, or in "homely" settings in the community, has been a key issue facing social workers. About Social Care In this Social ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£309.99 £232.00
The care of older people is a complex and skilled branch of health care. To be effective, carers need to be knowledgeable, flexible and positive in their interventions. This course's objectives are based on the idea that care of older people needs to be holistic. This means that in order to be effective a carer must consider the client from biological, psychological and... full details
6 LESSONS  
£309.99 £232.00
Thanks to advances in medical technology, we are living in an era when more people with learning disabilities can now live functional lives. As more of the learning disabled are at home rather than in hospital situations or institutions, it has become necessary for a wider base of the population to be educated in assisting to care for them. About Caring for People with ... full details
7 LESSONS  
£205.99 £154.00
The purpose of this Course on dementia is to improve your clinical practice when working with people with dementia.  It seeks to do this by considering seven distinct but interrelated areas that, collectively, will give you a greater degree of awareness of dementia and what you can do to help.  These units seek to address the following questions: What is it ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£349.99 £262.00
By the end of this course you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic values and principles underlying anti-mentalist practice. About Mental Health & Social Care This course aims to enable you to critically appraise the major existing theories, models and treatment methods in this field and to critically evaluate the social model of mental ... full details
15 LESSONS  
£379.99 £285.00
Our new and exciting Health and Social Care Diploma course has been specifically designed for those students who have an interest in or who work in the health and social care sector. About Health and Social Care Health and social care encompasses a wide range of services and cuts across all sectors, including public, private and voluntary. It includes services within ... full details
12 LESSONS  
£359.99 £270.00
Working with children and families is a highly specialised and skilled area of social work. To be effective social workers need to be flexible, knowledgeable and highly mindful of many aspects of the family and the obstacles that can arise when working with this group. About Social Care with Children and Families Social care professionals who work specifically with ... full details
6 LESSONS  
£369.99 £277.00
The Understanding Working in the Health Sector NCFE Level 2 (QCF) qualification (QRN: 601/4128/1) is designed for learners interested in, or new to, working in the health sector. It would benefit those working within the sector to support their progression and personal development into a wide range of health care roles both NHS and private. This Level 2 Certificate in ... full details
9 LESSONS  
£759.99 £570.00
The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care QCF Qualification (600/0689/4) is designed for people who are interested in working in adult social care or are new to adult social care and are looking for an introductory qualification. It is the ideal qualification for those who may be looking towards a career change and want to understand more about ... full details
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5 LESSONS  
£469.99 £352.00
The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care course is aimed at those who are looking for or just starting out in the healthcare sector. It is also relevant  to any health or social care worker who wishes to improve their understanding of end of life care. The qualification looks at the knowledge and understanding of the key principles of ... full details
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16 LESSONS  
£1,499.99 £1,125.00
Our Health and Social Care Level 3 Diploma course is the full level 3 qualification listed on the QCF (QRN: 501/2263/0). Upon successful completion you will be awarded 58 credits. The QCF Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 is a nationally recognised qualification based on the Health and Social Care National Occupation Standards approved by Skills for Care & ... full details
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