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Health and Care

You will be a caring and nurturing individual who loves helping people and wants to make a difference. Our range of health and social courses will help you do just that.


You may already be working in the health and care sector and are looking for that all important qualification for the next step. Or maybe you are looking to embark on a completely new career that fits around your current commitments.

Study at Newcastle College and you will train in our dedicated real-working environments including two fully functioning hospital simulation wards, an intensive care unit and paediatric ward to help you hone your skills.

Our health and social courses are the ideal stepping stone to a whole host of rewarding careers such as nursing, midwifery, social work counselling and more. Get ready to make that difference.

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Health and Care - What can I study?

NHS Academy

Fast-track your way to an interview with the NHS for the role of Health Care Assistant with this NHS Academy short course.

Length: 15 hours per week for 5 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care - Level 1

If you want to make a difference in the lives of others, this Level 1 Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care course will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need for a career in the sector.

Length: 5 hours per week for 4 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Equality and Diversity - Level 2 (Online)

Learn how you can better celebrate equality and diversity in your workplace and community whilst developing your understanding of the effects of stereotyping, labelling, prejudice and discrimination.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Diploma in Health and Care - Level 2

Are you interested in supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care? Learn about dementia awareness, mental health and well-being and how to support people with their daily living needs?

Length: 15 hours per week for 20 weeks OR 7 hours per week for 42 weeks
Study: Part-Time
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Information, Advice or Guidance - Level 2 (Online)

Learn about the key principles of providing information, advice or guidance in professional contexts, including interaction skills, signposting and referral processes, and group working techniques.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Principles of Care Planning - Level 2 (Online)

Prepare for a career in the care sector by learning the principles and techniques of person-centred care planning, including nutrition, hydration, hygiene and supported sleep.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Principles of End-of-Life Care – Level 2 (Online)

Learn how to provide high-quality end of life care to people and their loved-ones with this Principles of End-of-Life Care – Level 2 online learning course.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes - Level 2 (Online)

this course will give you an understanding of the different types of diabetes and possible causes and risk factors.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Understanding Nutrition and Health - Level 2

In this course you will learn about the principles of healthy eating, weight management, eating disorders and food safety for a variety of individuals that may use care services or for your own use.

Length: 5 hours per week for 7 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care - Level 2 (Online)

Learn about the different types of medication and the procedures for obtaining, storing, administering and disposing of medication in health and social care settings.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Diploma in Adult Care - Level 3

There are hundreds of diverse roles available within the care industry, making this a secure and fulfilling career choice. This course will prepare you to work in a range of clinical healthcare support settings and in adult care environments.

Length: 15 hours per week for 20 weeks OR 7 hours per week for 42 weeks
Study: Part-Time
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Allied Healthcare Professions Access to Higher Education - Level 3

Get the right qualifications to begin your Healthcare career. Study an Access to HE in Allied Healthcare Professions. Apply Now.

Length: 12 hours per week for 35 weeks
Study: Full-Time
Start date: 9th September 2024
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Nursing and Midwifery Access To Higher Education - Level 3

If you have a passion for health and care, but need the right qualifications to progress - this Access to HE Nursing and Midwifery course is for you. 

Length: 12 hours per week for 35 weeks
Study: Full-Time
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Nursing and Midwifery Access to Higher Education Diploma - Level 3 (Online)

Study this bespoke course and develop the skills and knowledge required for a career in nursing and midwifery. Learn about healthcare science, molecular biology, psychology and social development to supplement your studies.

Length: 12 hours per week for 35 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start date: 9th September 2024
Location: Online

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Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care - Level 3

Explore the principles behind dementia care, the different diagnoses, treatments and care methods available.

Length: 10 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Counselling and Mental Health - What can I study?

Stress Awareness - Level 1

This qualification aims to help you understand stress and its impact on physical and mental wellbeing.

Length: 6 hours per week for 1 week
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Awareness of Mental Health Problems - Level 2 (Online)

Develop your understanding of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Counselling Skills - Level 2

Are you caring and compassionate and want to help others? This short course will introduce you to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work.

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

The purpose of this qualification is to increase your knowledge and awareness of children and young people’s mental health. 

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health - Level 2 (Online)

This Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Level 2 is an online course designed for people who work with children and young people or for those who have an interest in learning how to support them.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Domestic Abuse - Level 2

Gain an understanding of domestic abuse, its causes, its warning signs and how to prevent it.

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Domestic Abuse - Level 2 (Online)

Understand the possible causes and warning signs of domestic abuse, as well as its impact and the intervention policies taken to address it, in this accredited course.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Counselling Skills - Level 3 Diploma

This Level 3 Counselling course is perfect if you want to study counselling or develop your skills in a career where counselling skills are used.

Length: 10 hours per week for 14 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Mental Health - Level 3

Understand the key principles of mental health legislation, services and public attitudes towards sufferers of mental ill health on this short course, while also showing how developments in the sector have influenced and continue to shape current practice.

Length: 10 hours per week for 10 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Supporting Learners and Specific Learning Difficulties - What can I study?

Support Work in Schools and Colleges - Level 2

Develop the skills needed to work directly with children and young people in a learning environment.

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

If you’re interested in learning more about Autism and how it affects the lives of your colleagues, customers, students or family members – Understanding Autism Level 2 is for you.

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start date: 8th January 2024
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Autism - Level 2 (Online)

This course will give you a solid understanding of autism, and how to support individuals with autism.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Understanding Behaviour that Challenges - Level 2

Whether you deal with a range of behaviours in your work, home or social environment - we can help you learn how to support positive behaviour and establish effective communication.

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start Date: Various
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Behaviour that Challenges - Level 2 (Online)

Learn how to empower and support young people and vulnerable adults. Apply now.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties - Level 2

This course is the perfect starting point to gain an insight into specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHA and dyscalculia.

Length: 10 hours per week for 6 weeks
Study: Short Course
Start date: 29th February 2024
Location: Rye Hill Campus

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Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent - Level 2 (Online)

The purpose of this qualification is to increase your knowledge and awareness of the Prevent Duty and safeguarding, including online safety.

Length: 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
Study: Online Learning
Start Date: Various
Location: Online

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Meet our staff and students

What can I do with a Health and Care qualification?

Daily tasks:

  • Maintains patient records, manages caseloads.
  • Counsels clients in ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevention of illness and/or preparation for coping with increasing stages of illness.
  • Makes home visits to clients, families and carers to organise support and rehabilitation and assist them to deal and cope with disability.
  • Trains students and supervises the work of occupational therapy assistants.
  • Liaises with a wide variety of other professionals in planning and reviewing ongoing treatments.
  • Devises, designs, initiates and monitors carefully selected and graded treatments and activities as part of the assessment and intervention process.
  • Considers the physical, psychological and social needs of a patient that may result from illness, injury, congenital condition or lifestyle problems.

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Daily tasks:

  • Keeps records and writes reports.
  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents.
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.
  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.
  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.

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Daily tasks:

  • Supervises and accompanies children who are taking part in a theatrical, television or film production.
  • Communicates with colleagues and maintains accurate records.
  • Supervises contact between parents and separated children.
  • Organises toilet and meal stops, as appropriate.
  • Supports and secures chair bound clients.
  • Transports clients safely and securely between approved destinations.

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Daily tasks:

  • Delivers lectures and other forms of formal training relating to nursing practice.
  • Plans, manages, provides and evaluates nursing care services for patients, supervises the implementation of nursing care plans.
  • Advises on nursing care, disease prevention, nutrition, etc. and liaises with hospital board/ management on issues concerning nursing policy.
  • Plans duty rotas and organises and directs the work and training of ward and theatre nursing staff.
  • Participates in the preparation for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients.
  • Monitors patient.
  • Manages own case load.
  • Assists medical doctors and works with other healthcare professionals to deal with emergencies and pre-planned treatment of patients.

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Daily tasks:

  • Participates in training and supervision.
  • Gives evidence in court.
  • Keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings.
  • Organises support and develops care plans to address service users.
  • Arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help.
  • Undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards.
  • Interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties.
  • Liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community.

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Daily tasks:

  • Briefs other medical staff when handing over the patient, and completes patient report forms describing the patient.
  • Transports and accompanies patients who either require or potentially require skilled treatment whilst travelling.
  • Resuscitates and/or stabilises patient using relevant techniques, equipment and drugs.
  • Assesses the nature of injuries, provides first aid treatment and ascertains appropriate method of conveying patient.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to respond to calls for assistance at accidents, emergencies and other incidents.

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Daily tasks:

  • Changes bed linen, makes beds and tidies wards.
  • Assists patients in washing, dressing, toiletry activities and general mobility.
  • Distributes and serves food, assists patients in feeding and prepares snacks and hot drinks.
  • Prepares patient for examination and treatment.
  • Performs basic clinical tasks such as taking patients.

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Daily tasks:

  • Replenishes medical supplies in ambulance as necessary.
  • Cleans and disinfects ambulance after use and carries out routine care of ambulance equipment.
  • Ascertains nature of injuries and provides first aid treatment.
  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to transport patients to hospitals or other treatment centres and homes.
  • Helps patients into and out of ambulance.

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Daily tasks:

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.

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Daily tasks:

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
  • Responds to emergencies and provides guidance and support to care workers.
  • Takes responsibility for the shift and for the service while on duty.

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What can I do with a Health and Care qualification?

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