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:
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.