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About this course

This award has been strategically designed in a way to provide the necessary knowledge for individuals who would like to work in the industry of healthcare. It gives an overview of all the main aspects and components which one would deal with within healthcare.

Course Information

Course Title MQF/EQF Level 4 Pre-Tertiary Certificate in Health and Social Care
Course Type Award
Qualification Framework Level MQF/EQF Level 4
Programme Duration 5 Months
Placement Hours 48 Hours of Supervised Placement
Mode of Attendance Full-Time
Mode of Delivery Face-to-Face Lectures & Hands-on Practice
Total ECTS Credits 36 ECTS
Course Language English & Maltese
Location Triq il-Ghadam, Birkirkara, CBD 1060, Malta
  • Aged 16+ upon entry of course
  • Communicate using oral and written English
  • Minimum school leaving certificate
  • Clean Police Conduct
  • Copy of ID card or Passport

Total Tuition Fees:

Eur 1,100 (EU Nationals)

For information about funding schemes click here.

Hours of total learning:

  • Total contact hours: 180
  • Self Study hours: 504
  • Supervised Placement and Practice Hourss: 48
  • Assessment hours: 168

Learning Outcomes for Knowledge obtained at the end of the programme:

The learner will be able to:

  1. Recognise the importance and the role of a care-worker in the patient’s life;
  2. Recall what challenging behaviour is, and identify ways to managing such behaviour;
  3. Name the main concepts of dementia and demonstrate understanding factors which influence behaviour with patients suffering from dementia;
  4. Recognise the nutritional and dietary needs for the elderly and demonstrate ability to understand nutritional screening and assessments;
  5. List effective ways to store food in order to ensure food hygiene whilst also demonstrating an understanding of the role of personal hygiene and health to prevent contamination through food whilst caring for others;
  6. Describe the role of health and safety when caring for others, whilst making reference to health and safety law;
  7. Name terms related to epidemiology and viral diseases, whilst demonstrating awareness of the basic practices to prevent and control infectious disease when caring for others;
  8. Describe the most effective ways to deal with patients which are in palliative and end of life care;
  9. Identify the best way to move and handle patients with care;
  10. Recognise vulnerable adults and abusive situations and demonstrate ability to report an abuse;
  11. Identify the role of a person-centred care approach and why it is the most effective way of caring for patients;

Click here to view the learning outcomes for each module.

Every Module will be divided in 4 individual sessions.

Learning Hours for every Module:

  • Contact hours: 15
  • Supervised placement hours: 4
  • Self-study hours: 42
  • Assessment hours: 14

The ‘Role of the Care Worker’ Module:

  • Contact hours: 30
  • Supervised placement hours: 8
  • Self-study hours: 84
  • Assessment hours: 28

Modules Offered:

  1. Managing Challenging Behaviour
  2. Dementia Care and Awareness
  3. Nutrition for Senior Citizens
  4. Food Safety and Hygiene
  5. Working in a Safe and Healthy Environment
  6. Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
  7. Palliative and End of Life Care
  8. Moving and Handling Patients with Care
  9. The Role of the Care Worker
  10. Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  11. The Person-Centred Care Approach

Each module is equivalent to 3 ECTS.  ‘The Role of Care Worker‘ Module is equivalent to 6 ECTS


Next enrolment: 02nd February 2023

Starting Date: 02nd March 2023

Duration: 5 Months Held 2 times per week in the evening (the detailed schedule will be provided for the students)

International students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

Non-EU/ Non-EEA Applicants need to apply for a Student Visa before they travel to Malta. We can help guide you on this process.  Learn More.

  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Dementia Carer
  • Community Health Worker
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker In Health Care Services
  • Home-Based Personal Care Worker
  • Home Care Aide
  • Community Health aide

Target Audience: 16-18; 19-30

Target Group: Individuals seeking to work or already working within the Health and Social Care sector.

Click here to learn more about Course Assessment

Grade Grade Description
A Excellent
B Very Good
C Good
D Satisfactory
E Sufficient
Z Requirements Fulfilled
FX Fail
F Fail

View the student agreement here.

Pass Rate: 50%

Apex Academy, as licensed education and training provider operating in Malta, is licensed to operate within further education field and currently Apex Academy offers MQF Level 4 qualifications.

Licence Number: 2019-010

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