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Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

DCG is offering this key introductory programme to prepare young people for a full-time apprenticeship in a professional field. Are you ready to take your first steps to a new career supporting and promoting the independence of individuals in a Health or Health and Social Care setting?

Our new short Pre-Apprenticeship programme Preparing to work in Health and Health & Social Care settings will provide you with the key foundations to help you gain an apprenticeship in Health or Adult Care. The programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to support learning across a range of Health and Health and Social Care settings. 

Entry requirements

You need:

  • An interest in working in a setting that seeks to enhance and promote the health and wellbeing of individuals.
  • A desire to succeed and gain an apprenticeship or progress to further study


Course Content

  • Building confidence, problem-based learning methods, interview skills and employability
  • Skills in finding jobs, preparing to apply and raising your profile
  • Developing key study skills that transfer to the world of work, providing a toolkit for learning
  • ICT skills and online safety
  • Key aspects of working in Health and Health & Social Care to include:

- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

- Infection Control

- Health and Safety

- Person-centred Care

- Communication and Confidentiality

- Learning Disabilities

- Dementia and Mental Health Awareness

  • Collaborative and team working to achieve set goals
  • A programme of supportive and group tutorials
  • Developing your Maths and English through activities
  • Safeguarding and Prevent


How will I be assessed?

The programme will be delivered by our experienced specialist Health and Social Care team on a full-time basis. Teaching is designed to support you to build your confidence and collaborate with others, so you are ready and motivated to take the next step to an apprenticeship or further study. 

By completing this course, you will receive a College Achievement Certificate and have the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 in Safeguarding and Prevent. Your achievements may be accredited in any further study.

You will be assessed through completion of key activities and assessments, with agreed specific tasks that might include short pieces of written work, a project, a mock interview, participation in group discussions, reflections on developing self, and even collaborative presentations. 


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

  • Gain an apprentice position in Health or Health and Social Care to earn while you learn
  • Progress to the T-Connect (Transition) Level 2 programme in Health and Social Care or Education and Childcare – leading to progression to a full T Level in Health and Science
  • Progress to a Level 2 Award or Level 2 Certificate in Health or Adult Care
  • Seek a placement to gain valuable on-the-job experience in a Health or Health and Social Care setting


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Employer academy prepared Michael for his future career

Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.        
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.        
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.      
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.          
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.          
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”          
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.          
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.          
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”

I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.


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