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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 »

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

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.


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