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NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Employment and Study in Health Sciences (QCF)

Qualification Details

Code: 601/6279/X
Age Range: 16
Level: 2
Credit Value: 30
Review Date: 31 July 2017 *
Sector Code: 1.3
Subject Category: Health, Public Services and Care » Health and Social Care
Qualification Specification: Download File
Link to Units: http://www.nocn.org.uk/...
Funding Information: https://www.gov.uk/...

*Please note: The ‘Review Date’ is not necessarily the end date of the Qualification. For more information please contact One Awards on 0191 518 6550.

Qualification Summary

What is the primary purpose of the qualification?

The primary purpose of the qualification is to prepare for further learning and training.

The qualification will support you to progress to Level 3 studies which would enable you to enter your chosen field of employment at a higher level. As a learner you can also use this to progress direct to employment in health sciences.

The qualification enables learners to combine vocational units in health sciences as well as generic study skills units with optional Maths and English which support the approach of either direct employment or employment after further study.

Who is this qualification for?

The qualification is specifically for you if you wish to progress to further study at Level 3 through either an apprenticeship or to an Access to HE Diploma which will then enable you to enter your chosen field of employment in health sciences at a higher level.

It also gives you the option to progress direct to employment in health sciences.

What prior qualifications/levels of attainment does a learner need to take this qualification?

There are no specific entry requirements.

The qualification is suitable for learners who are aged 16 and over.

What is the content of the qualification?

The NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Employment and Study in Health Sciences (QCF) is a nationally recognised qualification. You must achieve 30 credits in total to achieve this qualification. There are three mandatory groups of units and one optional group.

You can choose one of the following disciplines which gives you an overview of your chosen area:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Health Studies
  • Psychology

You will then be required to take units from a range of vocational units which support your chosen future path into employment following further study. These are in the disciplines of Physical or Life Sciences, Health Studies and Psychology.

The final mandatory group of units are study skills which will support your existing studies such as understanding plagiarism and delivering a presentation. However there are also units in this group such Research Skills and Critical Thinking Skills which will prepare you for Level 3 study.

You will also have the option to complete additional units in English and mathematics.

WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

Will the qualification lead to employment, and if so, in which job role and at what level?

The main purpose of this qualification is to progress to further study before entering employment. You could progress directly into a number of job roles in health sciences such as a Laboratory Assistant, Therapy Clinical Support Worker, Healthcare Assistant or a Support Desk Assistant.

You also have the opportunity to take on further study and therefore to enter into job roles at a higher level following Level 3 and above study.

This qualification focuses on skills and knowledge relevant to health sciences and is between 50% and 72% vocational learning.

Will the qualification support progression to further learning, if so, what to?

This is the main focus of the qualification which is to progress for further study at Level 3 through either an apprenticeship or to an Access to HE Diploma which will then enable you to enter your chosen field of employment in a higher level role such as a Nurse, Occupational Therapist, a Scientist or a Biochemist.

If there are larger and/or smaller versions of this qualification at the same Level, why should a learner take this particular one?

There are no larger or smaller versions of this qualification.

WHO SUPPORTS THIS QUALIFICATION?

This qualification is supported by NOCN centres including:

  • Derwentside College
  • Hartlepool College
  • Sunderland College