It's hard to imagine a more dynamic, fast-changing sector than nursing and healthcare in the UK. Nurses act as leaders, carers and clinicians, taking responsibility for the care they provide to patients.
This new T Level qualification is an exciting full time course which has been designed in partnership with businesses and employers. It is aimed at giving you the knowledge and skills to move into a career in nursing or nursing-related careers. It is designed to enable you to progress to employment or Apprenticeships in hospitals or healthcare settings or to move on to studying in Higher Education.
HSDC Alton opened it's brand new facilities including a community room and ward simulation area in Sept 2021 and these are used to support the development of your skills.
This course covers:
– Learning about the range of clinical assessments and tasks undertaken by a nurse and how to conduct these tasks
– Learning about appropriate techniques used to move and handle patients relevant to their condition
– Learning about care plans and how to support patients to complete activities of daily living, such as maintaining good nutrition and hydration
The core knowledge and understanding will be assessed through an examination and core skills through a practical employer-set project. In addition to this, maths, English and general digital skills will be integrated within the qualification in occupationally relevant contexts.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and a grade 5 in English Language and Double or Triple Science or Level 2 in Science with a distinction, alongside GCSE grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics. Alternatively Level 2 in Health and Social Care with a grade B or distinction, alongside GCSE grade 4 or above in Science, Mathematics and English.
In Year 1 you will cover all of the underpinning knowledge required to work in the healthcare sector. You will learn about providing person-centred care and care values, health and wellbeing including recognising the signs and symptoms of health deterioration and infection control and prevention.
The units studied are:
In Year 2 you can choose to specialise in one of three Occupational Specialisms:
You will learn about clinical tasks carried out on adults including taking physiological measurements, applying wound dressings, collecting specimens and monitoring hydration levels. You will learn about the different types of monitoring and emergency equipment used in healthcare settings and how to use and maintain this equipment. You will learn how to support adults in activities of daily life such as nutrition, hydration and hygiene and you will learn about the different roles of carers including supporting adults with dementia and end of life care. Many of these lessons will take place in our new classrooms set up as hospital-style wards and these sessions will be supplemented by visits to local universities that offer nursing degrees so that you can access state-of-the-art nurse training equipment.
There are 14 distinct professions which make up the Allied Health professional team, from Art and drama therapists to occupational and speech and language therapy. This occupational specialism will give you the opportunity to gain an insight into how the therapy teams work, the types of equipment and assessments they use and also how this works in practice on your industry placements.
You will be taught on campus three days a week with a full time programme of lessons in our specialist setting environment. We provide the specialist knowledge and expertise to prepare you for employment as a healthcare professional. Each week you will also work with one of our partner employers, working at the heart of the healthcare profession, who will help you apply the theory and skills learnt in College to real adult nursing settings.
Externally assessed exams, industrial placement (315 hours), employer set project and synoptic assessment in a healthcare setting.
One exam assesses the health related content and the other assesses the science content of the course.
On completion of this course, you will be able to go directly into employment as a nursing associate or healthcare assistant. You could also undertake a nursing degree Apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could go on to study in Higher Education in degrees such as adult or paediatric nursing, midwifery or mental health nursing.
I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.Lauren Piper, A Level student
"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student
My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.Edward Smith, BTEC student