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Health & Social Care Studies - QLS Level 4 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Health & Social Care Studies - QLS Level 4 Course has been specially written by an experienced tutor and practitioner in the area of Health and Social Care. If you want to enter this varied and exciting area of work or want to enhance your knowledge and skills, this is the course for you. As you will see from the detailed units there are wide ranging subjects covered and we are confident that whatever your next step, you will have a good grounding of the theory involved prior to undertaking on-the-job experience or, if you are already working in a related environment, your expertise will be increased considerably.

The term Health and Social Care covers a wide range of integrated disciplines including elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law, and ethics. From this study, students should be able to progress a more specialised area of further study or a related occupation or training.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 4 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Health & Social Care Studies - QLS Level 4 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: Methods of Communication; Hearing Impairment; Factors that Support and Inhibit Communication; Non-verbal Communication; Factors Effecting Verbal Communication; Factors Affecting Written Communication; Factors Affecting Oral Verbal Communication; Communication Difficulties; Communication Barriers in Different Care Settings; and Theories Relating to Communication.
The following topics are covered: Rights and Responsibilities of Service Users; Children and Young People; Vulnerable Adults; Staying Safe; Facilitation of Access to Services; Value Systems; Psychological Life Quality Factors; and Practical Skills.
The following topics are covered: Growth; Development; Life Expectancy; Factors Influencing Development; and Genetic Factors.
The following topics are covered: Theories of Human Development; Psychodynamic Perspective; Biological Perspective; Humanist Perspective; Constructive Perspective; Behavioural Perspective; Skinner's contribution; Social Learning Perspective; Language Acquisition; Theories of Personality Development; Evaluation of the Psychometric Explanation; Bowlby's Theory of Attachment; The Application of Theories to Aid the Understanding of Human Behaviour and Development; Childcare and Education services; and Day or Residential Care settings for Adults.
The following topics are covered: Psychological factors; and Conflicting Quality of Life Factors.
The following topics are covered: Guideline Daily Amount (GDA); Eating Disorders; Psychological; Biological; and Social.
The following topics are covered: Drugs; & Alcohol.
The following topics are covered: Staying Safe; Abuse and the Law; Sexual Offences Act 2003; Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill 2003; and Rights of Victims.
The following topics are covered: The Concept of Mental Health; Definition of Mental Health; Attitudes to Mental Disorder; History of Mental Illness; Definition of Mental Disorders; Major Symptoms and Causes; Schizophrenia (Greek meaning to split the mind); Depression; Bipolar Affective Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Anxiety Disorder; Specific Phobias; Alcoholism; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD); and Alzheimer’s.
The following topics are covered: Treating People Well; Care Plans; Barriers to Care; Rights and Responsibilities of Service Users; and Social Services.
The following topics are covered: NHS and Community Care Act 1990; The Mental Health Act; Suicide Act; Human Rights Act; The Mental Capacity Act; Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs); Court Appointed Deputies; A New Court of Protection; A New Public Guardian; Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA); Advance decisions to refuse treatment; A criminal offence; The Children Act 1989; The Children Act 2004; Every Child Matters; Childcare Act 2006; United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989; The Disability Discrimination Act; and Race Relations Act 1976.

As this is a Level 4 course, learners should have previously studied to a Level 3 standard or equivalentA good level of literacy is also a requirement if the extended assignment work is to be completed successfully.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 4 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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