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The care of older people is an area of growth and the need to support this increasing provision is being driven by national policy. This is reflected in the changing structure and focus of adult services locally, and this programme aims to support social care service provision to produce competent and compassionate assistant practitioners who are specialist in the care of older people.
Academic Entry Requirements
All applicants irrespective of entry qualification(s) will be formally interviewed by an appropriate member of academic staff.
Applicants require 160 UCAS points from two A’ Levels, GCE and AVCE Double Award or 60 Access to HE credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Students are also required to hold English and Maths no lower than functional skills level 2. All applicants will be required to undertake a target skills assessment as part of their admissions process.
Non academic Entry Requirements
In line with the widening participation brief, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-standard students who lack formal Institutional qualifications. All applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant practice experience. In this instance this piece of work will be a 1500 word essay. All applicants will be required to undertake a target skills assessment as part of their admissions process.
Upon completion of the FdSc Gerontology and Dementia Care, students will have the opportunity to further their academic studies either at the University Centre Grimsby via a BA (top-up) degree, or at another HE Institution.
Upon completing the Foundation Degree students are qualified to the level of assistant practitioner and are ready to enter the work force in a variety of older adult care settings within the private, public or third sector.
University Centre Grimsby has a friendly, supportive learning environment in which students can develop and grow both academically and emotionally. Our tutors on the course have varied and extensive experience within the Gerontology field.
This course benefits from work placement oportunities whereby students must undertake 200 hours of work experience in a related setting - a real bonus to your CV.
Learning methods on this programme include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, research activities, computer assisted learning, case studies and other multi-media presentation. There will be a number of enrichment opportunities for students throughout each academic year that will be presented via quest speakers as well as master classes within the Institute that will hold a number of foci; such as research or employability.
The use of self-directed study and independent learning will be essential to all levels, with tutors guiding and assisting self directed learning, dependent on the level of the student. The use of a VLE and social media, will also be used widely to encourage self directed study and also involvement with the sector and other institutions. The VLE will be utilised for independent engagement with students, whereas social media will be used as a notice board for students and outside bodies.