This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of - and develop skills in - the health and social care sector.
It will deliver a comprehensive and challenging programme of study related to health and social care that is particularly suited to post-16 learners who have the relevant interest and aptitude to progress in the sector. It will broaden and deepen learners’ understanding of careers in health and social care and their attributes.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications. However, a good standard of English is essential.
During the course, you will study a range of health and social care related subjects including health and social care services, human lifespan and development, and individual needs in health and social care.
You will also undertake compulsory work experience within a range of care environments, including residential and nursing homes.
There are observations in the workplace, questioning, products of work, witness testimonies and professional discussions. You will be supported by a competent assessor throughout your course.
This is negotiable.
The BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care provides the knowledge, skills and understanding for Level 2 learners to progress to other Level 2 vocational qualifications and related competence-based qualifications for the health and social care sector.
They can also advance to Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care or the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development.
Alternatively learners can choose to apply for employment, working as a health care assistant in a wide variety of health and social settings.
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.