Introduction to Adult Social Care

Ref: C2420671

The course will explore the whole idea of adult social care - a topic we should all be interested in since it is for us and, frequently, by us.. We will look at what it is like to work in the various parts of adult social care including residential settings and the concept of care in the community. We will consider the qualities, skills and values highly thought of and required to work in any care setting. We will look at the rights of people in social care, including those with mental ill-health or learning difficulties. Finally we will explore how good communication between care workers and families is essential for the welfare of those in care. We cover a lot of ground in a few sessions, but the idea is to help prepare you for accredited courses in Adult Social Care if that is where you would like to work. In turn this would give those who need care those who have taken the trouble to become qualified carers, which is we all deserve.

Additional information about this course

This course is free to adults that receive a benefit. For more information, or to book a place on this course please contact Dave Brown (course tutor) on 07484 247828, or Jackie Warren at Capel Manor Primary School on 01992 764087.

Course aim

Adult Social Care is increasingly being brought to the attention of the public. This introductory course explores issues in adult social care preparing the student for further study and employment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need to have a good grasp of English both oral and written, but a qualification is not necessary

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the values and principles, skills and attitudes needed in adult social care
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the adult social care worker
  • Understand what is meant by "care in the community"
  • Understand the rights of adults in the social care system
  • Understand the need for strong communications between all parties involved in the care of an individual

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • There will be homework to do.Some will be research some will be where you are asked to write a paragraph (or two!) giving your thoughts on the various topics we will be discussing.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a note book, and a folder for your work

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details

Download full course information sheet

Introduction to Adult Social Care

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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