MCAST Introductory Certificate in Care
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|MQF Level||Level 1|
|Duration||1 year full-time|
|Entry Requirements||Finished Compulsory Education|
|Other Entry Requirements||
|Course Description||The course is an ideal start to a career in Health and Social Care as it provides the student with the basic knowledge and understanding of what it is like to work in this sector. Although it does not qualify the student to work in the sector, it helps the student gain the key competencies so as to progress to Level 2 and then to Level 3 in health and social care where the student is trained for employment.
The course includes both practical and theoretical lectures, which cover the basics of health and social care including basic nutrition, first aid, interpersonal communication with service users that projects respect, integrity, dignity, and anti-discrimination. The student is presented with knowledge about the typical tasks and roles that care workers undertake and the type of clients (service users) who would require health and social care services. Prospective students should preferably have an interest in working with elderly persons and people with special needs.
Students are also given the opportunity to strengthen their key skills: English, Maltese, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology and Personal Development.
|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 role of care workers with different service user groups
2. Appreciate the importance of nutrition in health and social care
3. Practise basic interpersonal communication skills for dealing with service users
4. Explore the importance of care, compassion, integrity and non-discrimination in care relationships
|Core Study Units||
|Specialist Units||An Introduction to Health and Social Care Roles An Introduction to Care Relationships Maltese English Mathematics Personal Development Information Technology Science and Technology|
|Progress After Completion||
|Career Opportunities||MCAST Foundation Certificate|