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Support workers play an important role in the delivery of health and social care services within the public, private and charitable sectors. With ever changing demands on these services the need for support workers with the relevant skills increases.

Our support worker courses facilitate greater inter-disciplinary collaboration, assessment, learning and teaching, with enhancing communication skills being a significant element, particularly relating to practice. The courses are designed to be flexible for both the learner and the employer, with minimal attendance during the year. Students are able to access support in a variety of ways to help them with their studies, such as a named practice support mentor/clinical supervisor. As work and competency based learning is a key principle for the courses, support for practice is required to assure the quality of student assessment. Each course has its own practice requirements for this assessment.

Attendance and the application process

The courses offer a ‘blended’ approach of face to face sessions; work based learning and on-line activities. Students are only required to attend one induction day and 12 taught days within the year. The application process acknowledges that where support worker course applicants may not have formal entrance qualifications, they do have a wealth of experience that can be accredited as part of the selection process, including both IT and English competence.

We currently offer the following Support Workers courses: