Faculty of Health Care Studies

Ancillary Health Care

  • General Education & Training Certificate: Ancillary Health Care ancillary health care ancillary health care Ancillary Health Care ancillary health care

    NQF Level 1: ID 49606

    (Credits 134) – HWSETA Accredited

     

    DURATION

    The Ancillary Health Care course one year qualification and can also be offered as skills programmes, modules or short courses. The medium of instruction is English. The course consists of both theory and practical work.

    PURPOSE

    Learners who complete the Ancillary Health Care course qualification:

    • will possess the competence required to perform community health functions under the supervision of a professional health-worker and will add value to their jobs
    • will make the person more effective in his/her tasks and more employable and will open up job opportunities in related fields

    They qualified learners will have the fundamental skills required for employment by a range of health, social and other sector employers. They will be in possession of a recognized qualification that will provide a platform for further education and training in a career pathway towards becoming professional health workers.

    Qualified learners in the Ancillary Health Care course will provide a service that will assist communities to better manage their own health and wellness. They will have the skills to provide support services within a multidisciplinary health care team.

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Recipients of this qualification will be able to carry out their roles within the context of:

    • Care Giver at Old Age Homes
    • Private Doctors’ assistant
    • The clients home
    • A community care center
    • The broader community
    • Chronic Illness Care Giver

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    • Communications at ABET Level 3
    • Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 2
    • Ability to undertake independent learning

Disease Prevention Officer (Health Promotion Officer)

  • Occupational Qualification: SAQA 94597 Health Promotion Officer OQF
    Level 3
    Purpose: The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to:

    • Carry out basic assessments of communities, households groups and individuals.
    • Provide basic health education and referrals for a wide range of services.
    • Support and assist in navigating the health and social services system.

    Rationale:
    The National Health Council has mandated an improvement in the health outcomes and for this to occur significant steps need to be taken in the restructuring of the health system. This is one of the 10 points in the five year Health Sector 10 Point Plan, noted as ‘overhauling the healthcare system’. It is also the fourth pillar of the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement as ‘strengthening the effectiveness of the health system’. This qualification will form an integral part of this strategy. It will form the basis for the appointment requirements of the Community Health Workers that will be employed by the various government departments (currently an estimated number of approximately 70 000
    people).
    The caveat for the South African model should be built on the ward system that has been implemented in KwaZulu- Natal. Each ward should have one or more Primary Health Care (PHC) outreach teams. These teams are composed of a professional nurse, environmental health and health promotion practitioners as well as 4-5 community health workers who are expected to serve a population of approximately 7 660 people.

    The model contains three streams:

    1. A ward based PHC outreach team for each electoral ward.
    2. Strengthening school health services.
    3. District based clinical specialist teams with an initial focus on improving maternal and child health.

    Evidence from many countries suggests that provision of home and community based health services and their links with the fixed PHC facilities in particular are critical to achieve good health outcomes, especially child health outcomes (Sepulveda et al, 2006). The role of community health workers in many countries has contributed to better health outcomes (WHO 2007).

    The roles of Community Health Workers (CHW) (as part of the PHC outreach teams) will include:
    i. Conducting community, household and individual health assessments and identifying health needs and risks (actual and potential) and facilitating the family or an individual to seek the appropriate health service.
    ii. Promoting the health of the households and the individuals within these households.
    iii. Referring persons for further assessment and testing after performing simple basic screening.
    iv. Providing limited, simple health interventions in a household (e.g. basic first aid, oral rehydration and any other basic intervention that she or he is trained to provide).
    v. Providing psychosocial support and managing interventions such as treatment defaulter tracing and
    adherence support.

    Given the key role that CHWs will play, they should, over time be directly managed by the Department of Health. Ideally each ward within the district should be covered with a PHC outreach team. There are 4,277 electoral wards in South Africa. The population sizes of wards are variable so to the geography and density of each ward. Urban wards are highly populated with high density whilst rural wards are sparsely populated and often with poor infrastructure. This means that ward populations may range from less than 1000 in some wards to more than 20 000 in others. This qualification will capacitate the Community Health Workers to fulfil their role in this revised structure.

    DURATION OF LEARNING PROGRAMME
    One year. The learning programme will be presented twice year.

Social Auxillary Work

  • Social Auxiliary Worker NQF Level 5Occupational Certificate: Social Auxiliary Worker NQF Level 5

    Social Auxiliary Worker
    NQF Level 5 (Credits 129) – QCTO Accredited. Development Quality Partner – HWSETA
    Duration
    This is a one year qualification comprising knowledge subjects, practical skills modules and work experience modules.
    Minimum Entry Requirements
    A Minimum pass in Grade 12 (NQF Level Equivalent) can register, providing that their          application has been approved by the Westhill Health and Welfare college’s Selection Committee.
    ABET Level 4, Subject Certificates, etc. do not meet the minimum requirements.

    The Qualification comprises the following;
    Knowledge Training, at NQF Level 5, 50 Credits
    Practical Skills Training, at NQF Level 5, 33 Credits
    Work Experience Training, NQF Level 5, 46 Credits

    For  practical Training, Learners are required to either Volunteer or be employed at a recognised or registered Organisation where you will work under guidance of a registered social worker for the duration of this course. Learners are required to please secure their own placement for practical training. Contact us for more information if you are uncertain on this portion

    Language: Learners are required to read and write in English, as the Language medium for this programme is English

Home Based Care

  • Home health care assistants serve an honourable and crucial role in our society by helping the disabled, elderly and chronically ill maintain a high quality of life. The Certificate: Home Health Care provides an understanding of the purpose, functions, responsibilities and role of the caregiver. In particular, the programme enables the transfer of skills and competencies applicable to focus areas including patient’s rights, infection control, oral hygiene, body systems, hypertension, disabilities and emergency situations. The programme likewise places emphasis on the role and function of the home based caregiver.

Faculty of Engineering

Electrical Engineering

The National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering is a three year post-matric qualification consisting of a theoretical part (N4 – N6) and two years industry experience in the Electrical Engineering field. The N4 – N6 Certificate Programmes are post-matric National Certificates leading towards obtaining a National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering. Each certificate is a qualification on its own and is offered over a period of 3 months.

These certificate programmes differ from the NC(V) course in that there is no practical component included in this course.

Career Options

What qualification will I obtain once I’ve completed this course?

  • You will obtain a National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • In the electrical industry or any other industry or organisation that requires the qualification, knowledge and skills obtained by studying towards the National N-Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Once you have obtained your National N-Diploma, you will be equipped to work at any organisation within the industry that requires your qualifications. You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level upon completion of your National N-Diploma will enable you to continue studying at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology or a University.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

  • The National N-Diploma consists of a 1 year theoretical component (N4 – N6) as well as an industrial practical component of 2 years.
  • 12 subjects from N4 – N6 make up the theoretical component
    • Communication Electronics (Light Current) – this subject is only available through the Distance Learning option
    • Digital Electronics
    • Electrotechnics (Heavy Current)
    • Industrial Electronics
    • Mathematics

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply for a National N-Diploma?

  • To enter N4 – N3 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

You must have passed the following subjects at school:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Electrical Technology/Electricians Work
  • English

Duration

  • 12 weeks per certificate full-time
  • 2 years practical experience within industry in the Electrical Engineering field

(Part-time – Available)

Civil Engineering

This course consists of an N4 Certificate, N5 Certificate and N6 Certificate. After completing the N6 Certificate students need to submit proof of 24 months experience in industry/practical before they can qualify for the National N-Diploma.

This qualification will enable students to enter the Building and Construction industry in the capacity of supervisor or foreman.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

You will be qualified as a technician in the Building and Civil Industry.

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Architectural Industry
  • Building Construction
  • Building Industry and related trades
  • Civil Engineering
  • Local Government (Municipalities)
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Road Construction
  • Structural Surveying Companies

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Once you have obtained your National N-Diploma you will be fully qualified as a Technician in the Building and Civil industry. This will equip you to work at any organisation within the industry that requires a technician or artisan with your qualifications. You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level upon completion of your National N-Diploma will enable you to continue studying at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology or a University.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N4

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Building Administration
  • Building and Structural Surveying
  • Building and Structural Construction
  • Quantity Surveying

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N5

  • Building Administration
  • Building and Structural Surveying
  • Building and Structural Construction
  • Quantity Surveying

NATIONAL CERTIFICATE N6

  • Building Administration
  • Building and Structural Surveying
  • Building and Structural Construction
  • Quantity Surveying

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • To enter N4 – Grade 12 with 4 appropriate subjects, above 40%, N3 or equivalent qualification with appropriate subjects
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

Duration

  • 12 weeks per level plus 2 years practical experience in the Building industry
  • Enrolment in January, May or September

(Part-time – on demand)

Mechanical Engineering

Students who matriculate with the required subjects and wish to complete their studies in Mechanical Engineering qualify to register for the N4 – N6 courses. Students who complete the N4 – N6 certificates and want to become qualified artisans may be indentured as apprentices in the trades listed below. The students are also suitably qualified to enter the higher level of engineering to become technicians and assistants to qualified engineers.Once a student has completed his/her N4 – N6 Certificates, he/she should work towards obtaining a National N-Diploma. Students will qualify for the N-Diploma when they have completed at least two years of practical work experience in their specific field of study. Students who wish to further their academic qualifications may apply to any other institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology.Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve obtained the National N-Diploma?
  • Assistant Mechanical Engineer
  • Auto Electrician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Fitter & Turner
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Tool Maker
  • Welder
  • Fitter (e.g. Maintenance Fitter, Marine Fitter, Hydraulic Fitter, etc.)

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Aerospace industry
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Mining industry
  • Packaging industry
  • Motor vehicle maintenance and manufacturing
  • Petrol and chemical industry
  • Printing industry

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Your N6 Certificate will equip you to be indentured (sign a contract) as an apprentice and work at any organisation within the industry that requires artisans within the engineering sector.  You will be able to work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry.  As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Once you’ve completed your N6 Certificate, you should work towards obtaining your National N-Diploma.  Students will qualify for the N-Diploma when they have completed at least two years of practical work experience in the field of study.  Students who wish to further their academic qualifications may apply to any other institution of Higher Education, such as a University of Technology to further continue their studies in the Engineering field.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?

N4 CERTIFICATE

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Mechanotechnology

N5 & N6 CERTIFICATES

  • Power Machines
  • Strength of Materials & Structures
  • Mechanotechnology
  • Fluid Mechanics

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study these courses?

  • To enter N4 – Grade 12 (with related subjects and a 50% pass), N3 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N5 – N4 Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • To enter N6 – N5 Certificate or equivalent qualification

You must have passed the following subjects at school:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English

The criteria for application for the National N-Diploma are:

  • A minimum of 4 subjects completed at each level of certification.
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical experience in the field of study.

Duration

  • 1 year (each level is 12 weeks)
  • 2 years practical work experience in industry for a National N-Diploma
  • Enrolment in January, May and September.

Could I study this course part-time?

Yes, but only the N4 – N6 Certificates, which may be completed through the Distance Learning option.

Chemical Engineering

This is a branch of engineering that applies the natural (experimental) sciences and life sciences together with mathematics to produce, transform, transport and properly use chemicals, materials and energy. Subjects are Mathematics, Engineering Science, Chemistry & Chemical Plant Operation.

Entry Requirements:

Grade 12 Pass with Mathematics and Science. Grade 11s pass may be accepted into N3 level.

Career Opportunities:

Chemist, Pharmacy technician, Water and waste treatment, Lab assistant, Process Controller.

Final Examinations:

Final examinations are in April, August and November.