This course is suitable for those who are wishing to change career or move into employment after a career break. It will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to prepare for employment in the social care sector. If you are new to working in the sector, it will provide personal and career development opportunities.
It is a distance learning course, so you will be able to study flexibly at your convenience.
There are no formal entry requirements. However, you will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of written English in order to complete the qualification.
You will study the following areas:
You will produce a portfolio of evidence which will be assessed by your tutor.
You can progress to a diploma in care or undertake other distance learning courses.
You can advance in a variety of roles within the sector, such as Health Care Assistant or Support Worker.
Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."
I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.
For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.
These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.