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This qualification is designed for anyone with an interest in, or who is already working with, people with learning disabilities.
This qualification will be ideal for you if you’re working within health care or social care but may also be useful if you’re working in education or a housing support role. You can also take this qualification to support your progression into further learning within the Health and Social Care sector.
Developing knowledge of safeguarding and protection, personalisation in social care, positive risk taking and supporting people with learning disabilities will enable you to become more effective and confident in your role.
You’ll explore the principles of safeguarding and positive risk taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.
This qualification contains the following 6 mandatory units:
Unit 01 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
You will explore the meaning of learning disability and consider issues closely linked with learning disability support. You’ll develop an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect people who have learning disabilities. You’ll be introduced to themes covering inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation, and will consider the central place of communication in working with people who have learning disabilities.
Unit 02 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
You will be introduced to the important area of safeguarding people from abuse. You’ll develop knowledge of different types of abuse, and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse is occurring. You’ll consider when people might be particularly vulnerable to abuse, and what you must do if abuse is suspected or alleged.
Unit 03 Introduction to personalisation in social care
You will understand how personalisation affects provision of social care services, and you’ll focus on the systems, skills and support needed to implement personalised provision.
Unit 04 Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities
You will develop your knowledge of positive risk taking and understand the importance of positive risk taking for people with learning disabilities. You’ll explore how to take a person-centred approach to enabling individuals to take risks and how to balance risk taking with duty of care.
Unit 05 Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions
You will gain an introductory awareness on autistic spectrum conditions. You’ll develop knowledge and explore important themes such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person-centred support.
Unit 06 Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access health care
You will develop the knowledge needed to enable you to contribute to supporting a person to access and use health care services.
You don’t need to have any specific prior learning requirements to take this qualification, but may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification within the Health and Social Care area.
You need to be at least 16 years old to take this qualification. Entry is at the discretion of the centre.
This is a vocationally related QCF qualification with 143 guided learning hours. Within this time you can expect to be involved in formal learning activities which could include classes, tutorials or seminars. You’re also expected to work independently, researching the subject and preparing for class-based activities.
100 per cent of this qualification focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working with people with learning disabilities.
This is a standalone qualification and is not part of an Apprenticeship Framework.
Knowing how to support people with learning disabilities to access health care ensures you can support them to remain healthy and obtain the health care they need.
Successful completion will help support a number of job roles within the Health and Social Care sector, where you may be working with people with learning disabilities in your day-to-day role:
Completion of the qualification may enable you to progress into the above job roles within the Health and Social Care sector, as a new entrant or as part of your ongoing career development.
You could also progress to the following Apprenticeships:
If you’re interested in progressing to further study at the next level of vocational learning the following qualifications are also available:
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Basingstoke College of Technology
Worting Road, Basingstoke
Hampshire, RG21 8TN