This programme is designed to support progression to the next level of study and is aimed at those students who may require further scaffolding and support to reach that level.
You will study English and maths skills alongside Health and Social Care.
Entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis. However, a minimum of grade 3 is required in English Language.
An interview is essential before you can enrol. You will also need evidence of identity for the Criminal Records Bureau (DBS) check. A clear DBS is required for your placement. A good record of attendance is also required and evidence of this must be provided.
You will study units such as:
Assessment is through a range of assignment and placement tasks scheduled over the year. These will include written assessments, presentations, displays and practical tasks.
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.
You can progress to the next level of study which is likely to be Level 2 or Level 3 Health and Social Care.
This course may support you to secure roles such as Health Care Assistant or Support Worker.
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.