Health and Social Care

If you are considering a career in Health and Social Care, we have a range of learning opportunities available to you.  

The courses we have on offer are designed to introduce you into the Health and Social Care sector as a career with opportunities to progress either into employment or higher level study.

Our courses are designed to enable you to gain skills and knowledge from introductory level through to Level 2 and beyond, allowing you to progress towards your career goals.  

Many of our programmes are delivered at The Waterside Centre in Accrington or Lancashire Adult Learning at Northlight in Brierfield, with many online options available as well as evening classes.  

Whatever your starting point, we will support you in your development towards achieving your goals. 

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  • Basic Awareness of Paediatric First Aid
    Health and Social Care
    Delivered Online

    Online
    Online
    This free course (for Lancashire residents) will provide learners with the knowledge and basic lifesaving skills needed to assess and respond to a child or infant that is unresponsive and not breathing. The skills will include how to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a child and baby and how to access and use a defibrillator. Learners will also be able to recognise and treat choking. This course can be accessed either as a live online course or alternatively in a classroom face to face.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      MON - 19/02/2024
      14:00 to 17:00
      1 day course
      10 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    • Online Course
      THU - 28/03/2024
      13:30 to 16:30
      1 day course
      8 Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is designed for any learner that wants to gain awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol use, and engage learners in understanding issues that can impact on health and well-being.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This qualification is designed for learners looking to increase their knowledge and awareness of mental health. It will help the learner to develop their awareness of issues surrounding mental health and to know the rights of those with mental health issues.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is designed for any learner that wants to increase their awareness of substance misuse.

    The course will develop their understanding as to why people use substances, the types of substances that are commonly misused and the factors that can influence the effects of substances. They will explore how media reporting affects people's perceptions of substance misuse and look into the risk factors and protective factors for substance abuse and ways to protect individuals from the risks involved and the barriers to making healthy choices.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Award in the Prevention and Control of Infection (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the prevention and control of infection including legislation, policies, systems and procedures relating to prevention and control of infections.

    Also covers the importance of risk assessment and of using personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the causes and transmission on infection, cleaning, good waste management practice and decontamination. It will prepare individuals to progress to a qualification in the same or similar subject at a higher level and may contribute to developing skills and knowledge as they progress towards employment
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is designed for any learner that wants to raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme provides learners with increased awareness of a range of common health conditions and their effects on individuals. Completing this qualification can support learners with moving into a healthcare role and gaining employment within the Health and Social Care sector.

    Learners will investigate a range of specific conditions in more depth and develop their understanding of how t support individuals with these conditions.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This online course is designed for those who wish to develop their use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

    This qualification gives learners the opportunity to investigate the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills and engage in a helping interaction appropriately.

    This qualification is useful for anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or a personal capacity. These may be learners who wish to progress towards further qualifications or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other programmes (eg health and social care, children's care, learning and development, voluntary and community work).

    This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Improving Personal Exercise (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This online course is designed for those who wish to learn how to improve their personal health and wellbeing. Completion of the course enables learners to gain knowledge and understanding of the positive effects of exercise on long-term health and well-being and implementing an exercise plan with the appropriate nutritional requirements.

    The objectives of this qualification are to help learners gain an understanding of:

    • Impact of diet, nutrition and exercise on their personal health

    • Safe and appropriate exercise

    • Importance of personal motivation and setting goals and targets.

    The course is accessed online via our learning platform, EQUAL.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is aimed to support learners who work or volunteer in an advice role, in a range of areas from careers guidance or pastoral support in schools or colleges, to supporting clients in areas such as drug or alcohol rehabilitation services; with family or confidence issues and clients who require domestic abuse support. The focus is on determining the Clients requirements and ensuring relevant signposting or referral to other agencies
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online

    The purpose of this programme is to give learners the skills to support colleagues with mental health problems. These skills will be gained by increasing the learner's knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions and the principles of mental health first aid and how this can be implemented in the workplace.

    This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to raise awareness of mental health, creating a culture of care and the promotion of positive mental health. This course gives learners the opportunity to understand mental health, its associated care and how this can be applied to learners or colleagues in the workplace.

    This course may also be useful to develop your career further if you work in customer service, housing, voluntary sector, sport and recreation, hospitality or travel and tourism.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is for learners who want to develop their understanding of Dementia and learn how best to support individuals affected by it. The course covers positive communication techniques and person-centred approaches that consider individual needs. Learners will explore how to provide professional and personal attention during the illness when individuals may be experiencing symptoms like confusion and forgetting things previously known just yesterday. These may be learners who wish to ac...
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent & British Values (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is for learners who want to develop the skills needed to recognise and prevent radicalisation and extremism. Learners will learn about the principles of safeguarding and about the importance of the prevent duty and British values in society.

    Understanding safeguarding and prevention at level 2 can benefit the wider safeguarding practices within the workplace.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Self Harm, Suicide Awareness & Prevention (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    The purpose of this qualification is to educate individuals in spotting signs of self-harm and suicide and helping to prevent further harm by encouraging individuals to seek help. The qualification is designed to apply to a range of circumstances, including upskilling individuals with a safeguarding responsibilities in a range of workplace and community settings.

    The qualification is also designed to educate individuals of all ages; increasing knowledge and encouraging conversation in all aspects of society that could prevent individuals hurting themselves or deaths by suicide.

    This qualification is designed to reach many individuals to try to combat the rising rate of self-harm and suicide.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme is designed for any learner that wants to gain and understanding of autism and the principles of supporting autistic individuals.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children & Young Peoples Mental Health (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online

    This qualification aims to develop learner's knowledge and skills in the area of children and young people's mental health. Learners will develop their understanding of the factors that can affect mental health and a range of conditions experienced by children and young people.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This online course is designed for a wide range of learners with some existing knowledge of this area who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and health.

    This course aims to give learners working in, or intending to work in, settings such as sport and recreation, exercise and fitness, hospitality and catering or healthcare an understanding of nutrition and health, to support their role in the workplace.

    Six mandatory units make up the qualification:

    Explore principles of healthy eating

    Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals

    Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet

    The principles of weight management

    Understanding eating disorders

    Principles of food safety for the home environment

    The course is accessed through our online learning platform, EQUAL. A range of learning resources and activities are included to develop knowledge behaviour and skills associated with supporting individuals with their nutrition in relation to their health.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 2 Certificate on Principles of Prevention & Control of Infection (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online
    This programme prepares learners for tackling outbreaks of infection in hospitals and healthcare settings and develops their understanding of causes of infection, how it can be spread and controlled.

    These may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progressing to further qualifications or employment within health and social care, to complement other qualifications within health or health and social care, or to develop in their current job role within health and social care.
    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: Free to Lancashire residents
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online

    This online course is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of autism. 

    By completing the online course, you will develop in-depth knowledge of autism which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care sector. Autism is described by The National Autistic Society as a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person's social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Individual preference regarding terminology used for an individual on the autism spectrum may vary and must be valued and respected. 

    The course content, specification and associated materials are reviewed regularly to ensure that they remain fit for purpose, however, terms tend to change. The National Autistic Society provides a useful source for accurate terms and reference and can be found on their website. 

    If you’re aged 19 or over, you could access a level 3 qualification for free. This is part of the support available from the government to help you gain the skills you need to get the job you want - whatever your stage of life.

    A level 3 qualification is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels.

    The qualifications could help you:

    Gain skills that employers value
    Improve your job prospects
    Earn a higher wage

    If you’re eligible, you will not have to pay for your level 3 qualification. The government will pay the course fees. For more information, and to check the full eligibility criteria see the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: £811.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Dementia Care (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online

    This online course is designed to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. Successful completion of the units will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects. 

    This qualification is designed for learners who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of dementia and dementia care. 

    This qualification allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia to support individuals diagnosed with dementia. 

    Achievement of this qualification will help support progression into a variety of job roles and occupational areas within health and social care, or roles in other sectors which support people with dementia. 

    If you’re aged 19 or over, you could access a level 3 qualification for free. This is part of the support available from the government to help you gain the skills you need to get the job you want - whatever your stage of life.

    A level 3 qualification is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels.

    The qualifications could help you:

    Gain skills that employers value
    Improve your job prospects
    Earn a higher wage

    If you’re eligible, you will not have to pay for your level 3 qualification. The government will pay the course fees. For more information, and to check the full eligibility criteria see the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: £811.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health (EQUAL)
    Health and Social Care
    Accessed Flexibly Online

    Flexibly Online
    Flexibly Online

    This online programme is designed to increase learners knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. Successful completion of the required units will allow the learner to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health. 

    This flexible online course allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental wellbeing to support individuals with mental health problems. 

    Achievement of this qualification will help support progression into a variety of job roles and occupational areas within health and social care, or roles in other sectors which support people with mental health problems. 

    If you’re aged 19 or over, you could access a level 3 qualification for free. This is part of the support available from the government to help you gain the skills you need to get the job you want - whatever your stage of life.

    A level 3 qualification is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels.

    The qualifications could help you:

    Gain skills that employers value
    Improve your job prospects
    Earn a higher wage

    If you’re eligible, you will not have to pay for your level 3 qualification. The government will pay the course fees. For more information, and to check the full eligibility criteria see the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

    Forthcoming Start Dates
    • Online Course
      Flexible Start Dates
      Available from:
      04/09/2023
      20+ Places Remaining
      Cost: £811.00
    = Can I get help with my fees?

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