Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is avalible until the end of February, but must be completed by 30 June. This course is due to restart on the 1 August 2020. 

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge and understanding to work with individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. They will explore the principles of safeguarding and positive risk taking and gain awareness of the autistic spectrum.


Tuition £0
Fee Remission Yes

Financial Support and Funding

To help with the costs of studying, this course is eligible for:

To check your individual eligibility, please contact us online or telephone 01252 405555.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

This qualification contains the following 6 mandatory units:

Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities (4 credits)
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.

Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care (3 credits)
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.

Introduction to personalisation in social care (3 credits)
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.

Principles of positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities (2 credits)
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 (2 credits)
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.

Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare (3 credits)
You will develop the knowledge needed to enable you to contribute to supporting a person to access and use healthcare services.

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What Next?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Work Force
  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care


Possible employers

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:

  • Healthcare Support Service Worker
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Health Education/Health Promotion Worker
  • Care Assistants/Assistants/Support Workers In Residential Settings
  • Health Care Assistants/Support Workers In Community And Primary Care Environments
  • Health Care Assistants/Support Workers In Community And Acute Health Environments
  • Care Assistants/Assistants/Support Workers In Domiciliary Services
  • Care Assistants/Assistants/Support Workers In Day Services
  • Personal Assistants Employed Directly By The Individual They Support Or Their Families


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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in, or who are already working with, individuals with learning disabilities in a variety of roles.

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

Due to government funding these courses are available free of charge; subject to the learners meeting the set eligibility. You must have lived in the UK/EU for the past 3 years and be over 19 years old. There may be a fee should you withdraw from the course.


If you would like to enrol on the course or have any questions, 

please contact our  Business Services Team at business@farn-ct.ac.uk
or by phone on 01252 407299



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