Caring Courses at Derby College

The health, social care, childcare and education sectors offer rewarding careers in settings such as hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, dental practices, play groups, nurseries, children’s centres, schools, social services and care homes.

Is this you?

  • A friendly and caring approach
  • A genuine desire to help people
  • The ability to relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Tact and sensitivity
  • A respectful, consistent and fair approach to clients
  • Patience and a sense of humour
  • Reliability, responsibility and flexibility
  • Team working skills and the ability to use your own initiative
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure
  • An understanding, sympathetic and non-judgmental manner
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • An awareness of safety and hygiene
  • An interest in child development

Getting into the care professions

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  • Full time at CollegeThere is a range of Health, Social Care, Early Years and Education courses at Derby College.
  • ApprenticeshipsYou’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience alongside a recognised qualification as an apprentice. A variety of apprenticeships for these sectors is available through Derby College.
  • Higher education Some professions, including nurse, social worker and occupational therapist, require a specific degree for entry. Most people undertake full-time study at university before entering professions like these. In the early years sector, once you are trained as a nursery nurse, you can complete higher education qualifications such as HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees in subjects such as Early Childhood Studies.
  • JobsYou can enter these sectors with no qualifications through roles such as healthcare assistant in a hospital or care assistant in a nursing home. Within these roles, full training is given on the job and there may be the opportunity to work towards relevant qualifications. If you want a job in childcare, you could start out as a nursery assistant, play group worker or nanny, taking further qualifications while working.

If you want to help people live happier, healthier lives, Derby College can equip you to become a skilled, responsible and compassionate professional in some of the most fulfilling roles on offer.

 

Derby College Course Listings - Childcare

 

PT Advanced Diploma for the Early Years Educator: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator): Site Ilkeston

FT Advanced Technical Certificate in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator): Site The RoundHouse

PT Foundation Degree in Children's and Young People's Services: Site The RoundHouse

PT Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) : Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Site Workplace

PT Intermediate Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce : Site The RoundHouse

FT Intermediate Certificate in Early Years Education and Care: Site Ilkeston

FT Intermediate Certificate in Early Years Education and Care: Site The RoundHouse

FT Introductory Diploma in Caring for Children: Site Ilkeston

FT Introductory Diploma in Caring for Children : Site The RoundHouse

FT Schools 14-16 - Combined Level 1/2 Award in Child Development & Care and Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care: Site Ilkeston

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Derby College Course Listings - Health and Social Care

 

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce: Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce - Residential Pathway: Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nurse (Standard): Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Health: Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care: Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Lead Adult Care Worker (Standard): Site Workplace

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Standard): Site Workplace

PT Advanced Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care: Site The RoundHouse

PT Advanced Diploma Allied Healthcare Professionals : Site Workplace

PT Advanced Diploma for Residential Childcare: Site Workplace

PT Advanced Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce : Site Workplace

PT Advanced Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support: Site Workplace

PT Advanced Diploma in Dental Nursing : Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Diploma in Health and Social Care: Site Ilkeston

FT Advanced Diploma in Health and Social Care: Site The RoundHouse

PT Advanced Diploma in Health and Social Care : Site Workplace

PT Advanced Diploma in Maternity and Paediatric Support: Site Workplace

FT Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care : Site Ilkeston

FT Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care: Site The RoundHouse

FT Advanced Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care: Site Ilkeston

FT Advanced Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care: Site The RoundHouse

PT Higher (Level 4) Diploma in Adult Care: Site Workplace

FT Higher Apprenticeship Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services: Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Adult Care Worker (Standard): Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health: Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care: Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support: Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support Worker (Standard): Site Workplace

FT Intermediate Certificate in Health and Social Care : Site Ilkeston

FT Intermediate Certificate in Health and Social Care : Site The RoundHouse

PT Intermediate Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support: Site Workplace

PT Intermediate Diploma in Heath and Social Care : Site Workplace

FT Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care : Site The RoundHouse

PT Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care: Site The RoundHouse

PT Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare: Site Workplace

PT Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services: Site The RoundHouse

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.

Did you Know?

  • By 2034, 23% of the population will be over 65
  • The health sector employs 1.7 million people in England
  • The number of adult social care jobs is projected to grow to around 2.6 million by 2025
  • There is one healthcare employee for every 30 people resident in England
  • Between 2000 and 2012, the number of teaching assistants in England trebled – to 232,000

Recent Vacancies

Playworker
£14,000 per year.
Planning children’s activities

Senior care worker
£16,000 per year
Attending to elderly people

Teaching assistant
£19,600 per year.
Helping with classroom work

Dental nurse
£21,000 per year.
Assisting in the surgery

Nursery manager
Up to £30,000 per year
Managing staff and childcare

Nurse
£31,000 per year.
Providing care for sick and injured patients

Site Information

Roundhouse

Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus, our Ilkeston campus and in the workplace.

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Useful Websites

www.skillsforhealth.org.uk
The sector skills council for health

www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
Information on a wide range of health sector careers

www.skillsforcare.org.uk
The sector skills council for care

www.caringcareers.org.uk
Information on a wide range of care careers

www.cache.org.uk
Information on qualifications and training in childcare

www.ndna.org.uk
National Day Nursery Association

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