MCAST Foundation Certificate in Care

MCAST Foundation Certificate in Care

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MCAST Foundation Certificate in Care
Course Code CS2-01-14
MQF Level Level 2
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements Finished Compulsory Education


MCAST Introductory Certificate

Other Entry Requirements Initial Assessment Tests and Interview


Applicants with SEC/O-Level passes at Grades 6 or 7 in at least two subjects from Maltese, English Language and Mathematics or “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 1 or 2 will be exempted from the Initial Assessment Tests and will start directly at Level 2.

Course Description The main aim of this course is to prepare students wishing to enter or progress studies within the Health and Social Care. The course does not qualify the students to work in the sector but it helps them to gain the key competences so as to progress to Level 3 in health and social care where the student is trained for employment.

This course gives the students the opportunity to develop basic vocational skills, which include understanding health and human behaviour, developing care relationships and providing a safe working environment. The course also provides the student with quality work experience. They will be expected to carry out a range of assigned tasks, with an emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience. Prospective students should preferebly have an interest in working with elderly persons and people with special needs.

Students are given the opportunity to strengthen their key skills including English, Maltese, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and Personal Development which are embedded in the vocational units.

The student is required to purchase the Care Uniform, and attend a first aid course against payment.

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 leads to the achievement of key competencies.  The emphasis is on the teaching methodology where embedding has been selected as the main pedagogical model.  Vocational Units are used as a vehicle for achieving the objective.
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. Understand the breadth of service user groups in health and social care and the range of care settings

2. Understand human biology and behavioural science principles underpinning the delivery of health and social care

3. Explore the health and social care needs of different services user groups and the basic skills required to deliver health and social care services

4. Develop awareness of health and safety issues in the delivery of health and social care to provide a safe working environment for the service user and the carer.

Core Study Units
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Developing Care Relationships
  • Providing a Safe Working Environment
  • 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)
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion Any MCAST course at MQF Level 3
Career Opportunities