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.
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
HSDC South Downs opened its stunning £1million healthcare facilities in September 2021, featuring a hospital ward, three laboratory rooms, an IT room and a mocked-up apartment for practising home visits for community care. The brand-new facilities made the front page of The Portsmouth News recently, showcasing the NHS nurses of the future!
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.
Mental Health Nursing
If you choose this specialism, you will learn about the different environments that the mental health team may provide care including hospitals, care homes and prisons. You will learn how to build effective relationships with service users and different communication methods relevant to mental health situations. You will learn about different types of mental health conditions, symptoms and treatment options. You will be taught how to record and report information in mental health settings and how to undertake a risk assessment and risk management with individuals with mental health needs. You will also learn about mental wellbeing including types of poor mental wellbeing, strategies and skills used to promote good mental wellbeing and specialist support available. Many of these lessons will take place in our new classrooms set up as consultation rooms and hospital-style wards and these sessions will be supplemented by visits to a local university that specialises in mental health nursing degree programmes.
With this specialism, you will learn about legal policy and service frameworks around working with children. You will learn about clinical tasks relevant to working with children and young people including taking physiological measurements, applying wound dressings, collecting specimens and monitoring hydration levels. You will learn about safe moving and handling techniques when working with this age group and you will learn about the different types of monitoring equipment used in healthcare settings and how to use and maintain this equipment. You will be taught how to provide care and support to both children and young people who have clinical or therapeutic treatment as well as supporting their families. The course will also cover stages of child development, common childhood illnesses and long-term and life-limiting conditions 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.
In our brand new birthing centre suite you will be learning about how to care for women from the early stages of pregnancy right up until birth and the early days with a newborn. You will learn about the physiological and emotional changes that happen during pregnancy, the birthing process, and how to support new mothers with caring for their babies.
You will need to complete a minimum of 315 hours of industry placement over the two-year duration of the course. This unique experience will provide you with the opportunity to develop the right skills, knowledge and behaviours in the workplace which will prepare you to move directly into employment in your chosen sector.
This course will be taught in a combination of learning environments. Some lectures will take place in science laboratories whilst others will take place in state-of-the-art facilities set up as hospital wards and healthcare settings. High-tech medical and clinical equipment will be used to enable you to understand the range of equipment used by nurses and other healthcare professionals and you will learn how to use this equipment yourself.
Take a look at the facilities you will be learning in on our website.
Externally assessed exam, industrial placement (315 hours), employer set project and synoptic assessment in a healthcare setting.
You will be required to purchase a uniform.
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.
My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.Erin Morgan, BTEC student
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