Health social 1
Start Wednesday only 10AM to 12PM
Health social 2
Start Thursday only 10AM to 12.30PM
Health social 3
Start Friday only 10AM to 12.45PM
Level 2: Mental health introduces the topics of mental health and illness starting with a broad coverage of the conditions that are most commonly diagnosed as mental health problems. You’ll find out about the ways in which responses to mental illness have varied over the years and how experts still differ as to the best ways to treat mental distress. You’ll focus particularly on two conditions, depression and bi-polar disorder, and hear directly from people living with these conditions about how they affect their daily lives. You’ll also be introduced to some of the debates about how best to treat or respond to people experiencing them.
Level 3: Ageing and later life will introduce you to critical issues in ageing and later life in the context of an ageing population. We are often told that there will be difficulties in the future because of our ageing population but in this block you will see that many older people are healthy and active and continue to make very significant contributions to society. When people do become frail and in need of support it can be challenging to ensure that their needs are met in ways that respect their individuality and personhood. You will be introduced to some key theories that help to explain modern ageing, including the notion of the Third and Fourth Ages, the impact of ageism and the diversity of older people.
What you will study Level 1: Health and wellbeing examines what is meant by wellbeing, how that affects individuals’ health, and what people can do at an individual level to improve their health and wellbeing. You’ll be introduced to the wide (and perhaps surprising) range of activities that support people’s wellbeing and also examine how differently people can respond to adversity. But you’ll also look at the bigger picture of how someone’s wellbeing is affected by where they live, the organisations in which they live or work and the inequalities in wider society. You’ll develop your understanding of these important issues through exploring case studies from a diverse range of contexts such as community arts projects, living with M.E. and bereavement.
Qualifications in Introduction to Health and Social Care. These qualifications have been designed to help learners understand the skills and knowledge needed to work in the sector and to develop practical skills in preparation for employment or progression in education.
Introducing health and social care:
Level 1: explores what it means to be a carer, firstly in the context of informal or family care and then moving on to formal or professional care. It examines the requirements for being a professional carer such as professional standards as well as the demands and rewards of being involved in providing care.
Level 2: examines the important issue of safeguarding. You will learn about the definitions of risk in the context of both adults and elder's services. You will also explore the ways in which health and social care services respond to promoting wellbeing and protecting people who are vulnerable.
Level 3: introduces some of the core concepts of sociology and how these can help you develop a deeper understanding of health and social care needs and services. In particular you will learn about the importance of identity and how identities change in particular contexts. You will also learn about how needs change as people move through important transitions such as ageing and becoming more dependent.
Final: explores the settings in which care takes place and is managed. You visit a wide variety of care environments, from domestic homes, to residential and hospital settings, exploring their physical, social and psychological impact and the extent to which they are enabling or disabling. In particular you will consider the service user and also the professional perspectives on navigating services. These themes will be illustrated with a video case study of an educational mental health resource