This programme is designed for anyone who has an interest in working in the health and social care sector and it will develop skills for progression to further learning and ultimately employment. It is made up of units providing a broad introduction to working in care as well as specific units which offer a taste of care issues. There is also a focus on key transferable skills.
All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential. A GCSE profile of D-E grades is desirable. Good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study should be evident from your Record of Achievement. English GCSE is required at grade 2 or above.
Units in the programme include:
You will also study Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths as well as Employability and Personal Development. Developing your maths and English skills will support your main study programme, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.
There is continual assessment using a variety of methods such as written assessments, presentations, displays and practical activities. Your Functional Skills will be assessed by portfolio and online assessments.
If you achieve a Merit in this Health and Social Care programme, you may be able to move on to the BTEC Level 2 in Health and Social Care - subject to good attendance, a good work rate and a positive attitude to study. You can also progress to further training opportunities.
You can consider embarking on your career in roles such as:
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.