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Level: 0

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Weeks: 7

Hours: 3.00

Start: 01/03/2019

Days / Times: Friday 09:00 to 12:00

Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a five-week course which will provide an introduction to working in the care sector.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. It is designed to give you an insight into the sector in order to make informed career choices.

Course Content

During this course, you will discover:

  • What the care sector is
  • What skills and attitudes are needed to work in the care sector
  • An awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the social care worker

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course, you will build up a portfolio of work which will be reviewed by your tutor.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

On completion of this course, there is a wide range of further study options for you to consider and you will receive support at the end of your course to decide on your next steps.  You may want to try one of our other unaccredited short courses such as Basic First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Healthy Eating or Helping Your Child.

You may also want to consider progression to an accredited specialist qualification such as a Certificate in Mental Health Awareness (Distance Learning), a Diploma in Care (Work Based Learning) or an Apprenticeship.


This course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in social care and will better equip you to be successful at interview.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

Jane Finch

Jane Finch

A career in child protection

After studying Childcare at Derby College, Jane Finch was originally unable to follow her dream of gaining social work qualifications because she needed to support her family. But, nearly 20 years later, the mum-of-seven took the plunge and returned to College on an Access to Social Work course.

It paved the way for her to gain a degree from Nottingham Trent University and she now works for Derbyshire County Council as a Child Protection Social Worker, helping families make positive changes in their lives.

I was not in a position to continue my education as a teenager but I’m so glad that I have now pursued my dream of becoming a qualified social worker. When you return to education, you become hungry for more: my life and career are going from strength to strength since I went back to Derby College.
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