The UK has a massive skills shortage in health and social care, with 11,400 unfilled posts in nursing and midwifery alone, according to the latest figures this year. With the decline in employees from the EU we need to train more people to work in the sector, which means removing some of the barriers that prevent them from studying.
To address this, the School of Health and Social Care at BPP University – the UK’s only university solely dedicated to business and the professions - has teamed up with OCN London to develop two 15 week courses.
The first course, the Level 3 Bridging Module in Academy Study Skills, is designed for people either already working in the health and social care sector, or those who have just completed a level 3 vocational qualification and want to progress onto the first year of an undergraduate programme. Typically, students will be mature learners who may have not studied for a number of years, rather than 18 year-old school or college leavers. The focus is on the kind of study-related skills that they need to master, such as English and academic writing, maths in a healthcare context, evidence-based practice and communication.
The second, the Level 5 Bridging Module in Evidence Based Practice, is aimed at people wanting to progress straight onto the final year of a degree course who may already have considerable knowledge, experience and skills in health and social care. Like the first course, is it based around four units, each one with a number of credits. They cover topics such as evidence-based practice and professionalism, values, governance, and research principles, practice and presentation. Each course is built up of units totalling 20 credits.
For further information visit the BPP website.