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This is a Focus Awards Endorsed Qualification using their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme, this exciting course equips students with the essential grounding to realise a bright future in the health and social care sector.

With a sharp focus on developing the knowledge and competences required to deliver effective and compassionate care, this course is perfect for those seeking to advance their careers or establish their own private practice.

As a student on this course, you’ll also be offered an incredible range of FREE extras to ensure you hit the ground running upon course completion, whether you want to seek employment or set up your very own private practice


This course contains 11 diverse and exciting units. These units are tailored to give students a solid grounding in the practice of health and social care, as well an as an in-depth understanding of the issues and subjects related to this field.

You’ll focus on core competences such as effective and compassionate communication with those in care. You’ll also explore a range of key elements and integrated disciplines, such as sociology, biology, nutrition, ethics and law. These areas underpin the understanding and treatment of those suffering from abuse, addiction and mental health issues, among other problems that will be covered in detail.

You will also study the impact and effects of legislation, and how it affects each and every one of us in almost every conceivable part of our lives. The caring professions have their own rules, regulations and legal compliance requirements to adhere to, and you will learn to interpret and understand these. Some examples include the NHS and Community Care Act 1990, The Suicide Act, The Children Act (1989 and 2004), The Childcare Act 2006, and diverse issues covered by legislation such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Human Rights Act.


Unit 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

Unit 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
  • Physical Life Quality Factors
  • Psychological Life Quality Factors

Unit 3: Life Cycle & Disorders

  • Growth
  • Development
  • Life Expectancy
  • Factors Influencing Development
  • Genetic Factors

Unit 4: Theories of Development

  • Theories of Human Development
  • Psychodynamic Perspective
  • Biological Perspective
  • Humanist Perspective
  • Constructive Perspective
  • Behavioural Perspective
  • 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 Adult

Unit 5: Quality of Life

  • Psychological factor
  • Conflicting Quality of Life Factors

Unit 6: Nutrition

  • Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychological
  • Biological
  • Social

Unit 7: Addiction

  • Addiction

Unit 8: Abuse

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

Unit 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)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Alcoholism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Obesity
  • Autism
  • Causes of Mental Illness
  • Genetics
  • Biochemical Factors
  • Socio-Environmental Influences and Life Events
  • Physical Influences
  • Post Natal depression or Post-Partum Depression
  • Societal Influences
  • Drug Related Disorders
  • Social Deprivation
  • Effects of Mental Illness
  • The Cost to Society of Mental Ill Health
  • Approaches of Treatment – Preventative and Coping Strategies
  • The Medical Model
  • Chemotherapy (Drugs)
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Psychosurgery
  • Behavioural model
  • Systematic Desensitisation
  • Aversion Therapy
  • Behaviour Modification
  • The Cognitive Model
  • Modelling
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychoanalytic Approaches
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Exercise
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Setting Goals and Monitoring of Progression
  • Personal Goal Setting
  • Positive Coping Strategies
  • Regular Exercise
  • Healthy Diet
  • Caffeine/ Tannin
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Sleep
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Support for Individuals with Mental Health Issues
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Music therapists
  • Charities Supporting Individuals with Mental Health Needs
  • The Empowerment of Service Users

Unit 10: Social Care Provision

  • Treating People Well
  • Practical Skills
  • Knowledge
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Care Plans
  • Barriers to Care
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Service User
  • Social Services

Unit 11: Legislation

  • NHS and Community Care Act 1990
  • The Mental Health Act
  • The Mental Capacity Act
  • 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

Career Prospect

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate endorsed by Focus Awards and a diploma from Cambridge Open College. Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), and offer endorsements of courses that meet their high standards of quality and consistency.

In addition, this course will help you hone valuable transferable skills, including communication, literacy and organisational skills. You’ll also gain the key competences required to deliver compassionate and effective care to others.

These skills are ideal for transitioning into further study and for starting or progressing your career. Whichever route you choose, our professional support will equip you with everything you need to achieve success.

If you choose to seek employment, you can avail of FREE CV appraisal and employment tools, such as advice on interview preparation. And, if you choose to set up your own practice or work for yourself, we will even provide you with a FREE business website, along with a FREE domain and hosting. We are committed to your long-term success.

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£35 deposit: remaining balance at the end of the month

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Reduced fee of £279

£279 - all inclusive

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£93 deposit followed by £93 for the next two months

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Once the enrolment process has been completed you will receive your introductory pack and login details to access your course textbooks, your tutor profile and their contact details.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the college and feel sure you will enjoy studying with us.

Key points for this course:

  • This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
  • Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
  • You have 12 months to complete your course
  • You may enrol at any time of the year
  • Access available within 24 hourse

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If you are not happy with your course simply return it within 14 days and we will refund your fees in full.

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