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Level: 0

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course provides an introduction to health and social care, developing your skills for progression to further learning and ultimately employment.

It is made up of units that provide 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. 

Entry requirements

All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential.  A GCSE profile of -E grades is desirable. 

Good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study should be evident from your Record of Achievement.

Course Content

You will study units such as:

  • self-assessment
  • career progression
  • health and social care needs
  • communication in the care sector

You will also study Functional Skills or GCSEs 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.  

How will I be assessed?

There is continual assessment using a variety of methods such as written assessments, presentations, displays and practical activities. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You may be able to advance to the BTEC Level 1 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.

Careers

  • Care Assistant
  • Health Care Assistant

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

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.

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