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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This vocational course, equivalent to 1.5 A-levels, represents Year 1 of a possible two-year Extended Diploma. It leads to a recognised qualification for entering health and social care professions or for further training such as university courses. Combining academic study and application of theories, it includes a mandatory work placement.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C (equivalent) or above, including English Language and Maths/Science
  • A Merit/Distinction in a relevant Level 2 course – such as the Diploma in Health and Social Care – with GCSE English at grade 4 or above

Evidence of good attendance is also required. Voluntary work or work experience is desirable. You will also need to be DBS-checked.

Course Content

You will study units such as:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Development through Life Stages
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Values and Planning in Social Care

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework with internally set assignments.  You are expected to integrate the experience you gain on placement into your assignments. There are no exams.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need practical, smart clothing and shoes for your placement. For some placements, you may have to purchase a shirt to wear. You must also cover your travel costs to your placement.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

If you study for the full two years and achieve the Extended Diploma, it can lead to degree level study at university, with courses in subjects such as Nursing, Paramedic Science or Social Work.

Careers

You can pursue your career in the wide-ranging health and social care sector.

 

 

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This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.

But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.

Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.

Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.

A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.

And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.

Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.

Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.


It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'


It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.


I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.


It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.

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