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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

The study pack follows a logical and familiar structure; very similar to the way we live our lives. Once the (essential) background material, largely concerning applicable legislation and our wonderful National Health Service, has been clearly laid out, it begins in earnest with a thorough examination of child development. You are then given an insight into many of the common health issues that affect most of us throughout our lives, including common diseases and illnesses like cancer. Subsequent units help you understand the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, and their impact on society. The materials also deal with the mental health issues linked to all of these.

Within the "health" section, we also explore the symptoms and treatment of various conditions, the importance of nutrition (prevention rather than cure!), and the physical and emotional effects of eating disorders.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

Learning Outcomes
  • UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF READING MATERIALS WHICH WOULD SUPPORT A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT
  • UNDERSTAND THE KEY FEATURES OF DEVELOPMENT THEORY
  • UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL ISSUES RELATING TO LIFE EXPECTANCY
  • UNDERSTAND THE MAIN FEATURES AND THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF A RANGE OF SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS
  • UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL ISSUES RELATING TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL USE
  • UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF EATING DISORDERS
  • UNDERSTAND THE MAIN ASPECTS OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS AND DEPRESSION
  • UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF ABUSE AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM
  • UNDERSTAND THE MAIN FEATURES OF KEY LEGISLATION
  • UNDERSTAND THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NHS AND ITS SERVICES
  • UNDERSTAND THE MAIN FEATURES OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND ITS SERVICES
  • UNDERSTAND THE MAIN ASPECTS OF FOSTERING
  • UNDERSTAND THE KEY ASPECTS OF THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM AND OFSTED

Snapshot
Unit 1 - The National Health Servicet

Timeline of the NHS
Professional Roles in the NHS
Accident and Emergency Services
Minor Injuries Unit
Walk-In Centres

Unit 2 - Health & Social Care Legislation

Human Rights Act
Health Act
Mental Health Act
Mental Capacity Act
Suicide Act
Children Acts
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Equalities Act

Unit 3 - Human Growth & Development

Definition and Phases of Growth
Stages of Development
Life Expectancy
Quality of Life Issues
Psychological Health
Physical Quality
Poverty in the UK
Stress Management

Unit 4 - Ill Health

Concepts of health
Cancer
Alzheimer’s
Cerebral palsy
Cystic fibrosis
Down’s syndrome

Unit 5 - Child Care

Early years
The National Curriculum
Office for Standards in Education
Fostering Services

Unit 6 - Mental Health

Depressive Conditions
Drug and Substance Addiction
Eating Disorders
Personality Disorders

Unit 7 - Social Care

Ethical Practice
Care Planning
Access to Services

Unit 8 - Abuse

Types of Abuse
Child Abuse
Domestic Violence
Elder Abuse
Staying Safe

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

Why did you decide to become a nurse?

I moved into nursing quite ‘late on’. I left school at 16 and worked as a receptionist for 15 years at a surgery; although it was something I was good at, I felt that I needed a change and I wanted to be able to help people.

I knew that I wanted to become a nurse but I was unsure if it would even be possible because I did not have any qualifications in the area. I enrolled on an evening course at my local college, to study health and social care level 2, and also asked a nurse colleague at work if I could shadow her on my days off. After completing my level 2 studies, I moved on to level 3 and had the opportunity to get work experience in a range of different settings. It was during this experience that I realised that I preferred working with adults, so when I applied to university, it was for a BSc (Hons) in adult nursing.

I had to leave work in order to study as it was a 3 year full-time course; I was sad to leave my colleagues but I also knew I was moving in the right direction.

I spent 50% of my time on placement, which I loved and the remaining time attending university lectures and workshops.

How much can I earn?

The starting salary for graduate nurses is typically £21,388, rising to £27,901, although this is likely to be higher for those living in London.

For nurses at senior level (bands 7-9 in the NHS), salaries range from £30, 764 - £98,453.

Working as a nurse can involve working unsociable hours, but payment is made for this to NHS staff. For those working on a Sunday or public holidays for example, salaries are paid at time plus 60%.

Career Progression

When nurses first begin in their careers, they are subject to a supported probationary period; after successfully completing this, the majority of nurses in acute hospital settings can progress from staff nurse positions to junior sister / charge nurse within 2 – 3 years.

Depending on the development of management skills and specialist knowledge, there are also opportunities for progression to specialist clinical roles, or matron, or director of nursing positions.

Monthly Subscription Plans

We have a number of innovative subscription plans available to sort all budgets and support needs.

Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

The study pack follows a logical and familiar structure; very similar to the way we live our lives. Once the (essential) background material, largely concerning applicable legislation and our wonderful National Health Service, has been clearly laid out, it begins in earnest with a thorough examination of child development. You are then given an insight into many of the common health issues that affect most of us throughout our lives, including common diseases and illnesses like cancer. Subsequent units help you understand the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, and their impact on society. The materials also deal with the mental health issues linked to all of these.

Within the "health" section, we also explore the symptoms and treatment of various conditions, the importance of nutrition (prevention rather than cure!), and the physical and emotional effects of eating disorders.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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