You’ll gain a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for a successful career in health and social care. The course offers a placement and the opportunity to develop work-related skills in a health or care environment.
You will develop your skills in maths and English to support your main programme of study, help with your future progression and enhance your life skills.
Assessment is through a range of assignment and placement tasks scheduled over the year. These will include written assessments, presentations, displays and practical tasks. An overall grade is given at the end of the year. Functional Skills will be assessed by portfolio and online assessments.
You need practical smart clothing and shoes for attendance at your placement. You will also have to cover the travel costs to reach your placement.
If you gain an overall grade of Merit or Distinction on this Health and Social Care course and pass Functional Skills in English at Level 2, you may be able to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care – subject to interview and good attendance.
You can move into health care or related employment.
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.