MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences
Course CodeAS4-04-15
MQF LevelLevel 4
Duration2 years full-time
Awarding BodyMCAST
Fees-
Entry RequirementsMCAST Diploma in Applied Science

or

MCAST-BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care

or

4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Compulsory: English Language, Mathematics, Biology Preferred: Maltese, Chemistry

Other Entry Requirements
Course DescriptionThis diploma has been developed to prepare students for health related careers.

Students will learn about the impact of human beings on the environment, be able to understand the physical and psychological changes of ageing, understand aspects of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems, and build competences in dealing with people with health problems and with challenging behaviour.

Through work placements students will get the chance to develop the skills and competences required to work within the health sector.

Study/Course DeliveryDuring this two-year programme students will follow 19 units of study and will also experience work placement training. Students will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures. Work placement will be carried out with one 4-week block placement every academic year, and one day work placement per week for the first academic year only.
AssessmentAll units for this course are locally assessed using BTEC grading and assessment criteria. For each unit of study a limited number of formal assessments (between 2 to 4) will be carried out by students to provide evidence of their learning. Work-placed assessments will also be carried out through visits and monitoring of students’ logbooks.
Programme Learning Outcomes1. Understand the physiological, sociological, and psychological approaches applied within a health and social care setting.

2. Recall how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in health and social care settings

3. Understand potential effects of life factors and events on the development of the individual

4. Understand the factors that affect health status and patterns of ill health, and know the origins and application of current public health strategies.

Core Study Units
  • Anatomy for Health Practice
  • Physiology for Health Practice
  • Caring for Individuals
  • Development through Life Stages
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Microbiology
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Public Health
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
  • Vocational Practice in a Health and Social Care Environment
Specialist UnitsAnatomy for Health Practice Physiology for Health Practice Caring for Individuals Development through Life Stages Sociological Perspectives Psychological Perspectives Microbiology Medications Nutrition Biochemistry Genetics Immunology Public Health Dealing with Challenging Behaviour Vocational Practice in a Health and Social Care Environment
Supplementary Units
Supporting UnitsKey Skills
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Sciences (Physiological Measurements)

 

Career Opportunities
  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Paramedic aide
  • Health administrator
  • Environmental health practitioner
  • Progression to nursing studies

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