The Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Level 3 Course is designed to give students an overview of the issues involved with alcohol use during pregnancy, and covers the related warning signs, symptoms and developmental outcomes The course has been developed in conjunction with experts - FASawareUK.

Many health care practitioners, teachers or family members of those affected have limited clinical knowledge in this relatively unpublicised syndrome. The course will therefore be beneficial to professionals and interested individuals alike and will help them to develop increased understanding of the problems and possible reactions and interventions. This course also looks at the neuropathology of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), including psychopathy and cognitive functioning and it will examine different interventions, including prevention and rehabilitation approaches.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

Special Offer: Students will receive both the Paper-Based and Online versions of this course, giving you flexibility in how you study. Students can use the online portal to submit assignments and to log tutor support questions.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: FASD – The History of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The following topics are covered: Definition of FASD; FASD and Abortion; What is Alcohol?; Alcohol Use; Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy; and Measuring Alcohol Consumption.

  • Unit 2: Taking Responsibility for the Unborn Child

The following topics are covered: Candace Thorp v Jim Beam; FAS from Diagnosis to Current Day; The Difficulties of Diagnosing FASD; and Diagnostic Criteria.

  • Unit 3: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Screening

The following topics are covered: Screening for Alcohol Use (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (Audit) / The CAGE questionnaire / The T-ACE questionnaire); Other Factors Affecting FASD; In Utero Effects of Alcohol; and Risks During the 3 Trimesters.

  • Unit 4: Children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

The following topics are covered: Learning outcomes; Primary Disabilities; Neuropsychological Problems; Secondary Disabilities; Measuring Secondary Disabilities using VABS; and Measuring Adaptive & Maladaptive Behaviours.

  • Unit 5: Behavioural Phenotypes of FASD

The following topics are covered: Behavioural Checklists (Communication / Daily Living Skills / Socialisation / Spatial / Emotional / Motor Skills); Development of Children with FASD; FASD in Infancy; Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale; and FASD in Preschool.

  • Unit 6: Growing up with FASD

The following topics are covered: FASD in the School Age - Child; FASD in Adolescence; FASD in Adulthood; FASD in Employment; Living Alone with FASD; and FASD - Support in the Future.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.

Assessment:

When you have the completed the programme, your allocated personal tutor will be required to verify that you have worked through all parts of the workbook and completed all of the activities and self-assessments successfully.

Course Assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post. We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

Certification:

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC 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 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

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

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