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.
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.