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First Steps into Health Careers

, Level 0 (CQFW Level 3).

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This course aims to raise people’s skills level, but also their understanding of what is involved so that they can advise others within their communities on the steps towards university. The tutor will respond flexibly to the needs of the particular learning group in a supportive learning environment where learners can build on their own current achievements.

Topics will include:

  1. Deciding to go to university : funding / careers / universities / courses
  2. Skills needed to study at university: two sessions to include:
    1. Level of language and numeracy skills required (resources- literacy and numeracy tests for SONMS);
    2. Lectures and seminars: note taking
    3. Information gathering and summarising (using the library)
    4. Developing an argument essay writing and presentations (what is expected rather than necessarily attaining these skills)
    5. Referencing and plagiarism
  3. Health Care in the UK, Health courses at Cardiff
  4. Visit day to Cardiff University’s Open Day
  5. Science in Health – how the body works, illness
  6. Social Science in Health – health inequalities
  7. Visit the library – Centre for Lifelong Learning / Heath library

Who is this course for?

Anyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge with respect to the skills needed to study at university. The course will enable learners to make decisions regarding the direction of their future learning or advise others, and will help to develop greater understanding of careers in the Health field and a basic knowledge of the science and social science that underpins the health subjects.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. Sessions will include class exercises and the use of stimulus materials, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

There will be no formal examinations. The basis of assessment is flexible. Quizzes and questionnaires will be used at the end and during some of the sessions.
Reflective writing tasks will be embedded into the course material including the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies (SONMS) numeracy and literacy tests.

Your work will be assessed by your tutor, who will offer you written feedback which we hope you will find constructive. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are flexible and are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

The tutor will recommend books, articles and web sources.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.