MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care

MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care

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MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care
Course Code CS3-03-14
MQF Level Level 3
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Foundation Certificate


2 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Preferred: English Language, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maltese, Social Studies, Nutrition Food Consumer Studies (Home Economics)


A full “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 2 will be accepted in lieu of one (1) O-Level pass

Other Entry Requirements The applicant may be called for an interview.
Course Description This course is intended for those who are interested in working in the health and social care sector with special emphasis being given to working with senior citizens and people with special needs. It provides broad knowledge and a range of skills required at operational level for the student to gain employment in the health and social care sector. It also provides students with quality work experience where they will be expected to carry out a range of assigned tasks, with an emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience.  Moreover the course provides a route for Level 4 education, which includes a broad range of vocational areas such as working with children, adolescents, younger and older adults.
The course gives an overview of the skills and aptitudes required to deliver care, alongside theory underpinning health and social care as well as a range of transferable skills in English, Maltese, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and Personal Development. Prospective students should preferebly have an interest in working with elderly persons and people with special needs.
The student is required to purchase the Care Uniform, and attend a first aid course against payment (the latter does not apply to those already in possession of a valid first aid certificate).
The following are required before students can go on placement:
– Clean Police Conduct
– Vaccination Record that should include these vaccinations: 2 MMR injections and 3 Hepititis B injections.
Study/Course Delivery This programme of study addresses the competences required as entry level to the Community Services sector. The achievement of the required underpinning knowledge and key skills will be accomplished through contextualising key skills and adopting a highly practical approach.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Assess the health and social care needs of different service user groups and to deliver personal care to service users in line with a care plan

2. Provide safe care, avoiding injuries to the carer and the service user

3. Explore a number of psychological and behavioural issues involved in health and social care and meet the emotional needs of service users

4. Examine issues of equality, discrimination, dignity and rights and to explore own attitudes, beliefs and thoughts on such issues.

Core Study Units
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Delivering Personal Care
  • Safe Practice and Service User Safety
  • Introduction to Psychological Perspectives
  • Equality, Dignity, Diversity and Rights
  • Personal Development and Employability
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology


Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
  • First aid training course (not applicable to those already in possession of a valid first aid certificate)
  • Mother and Child course


Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health and Social Care (Social Care)
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Career Opportunities
  • Care worker
  • Care assistant
  • Support care worker