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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 7395.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This vocational course, equivalent to three A-levels, leads to a recognised qualification for entering health and social care professions or further training such as university courses. Combining academic study and application of theories, it includes a mandatory work placement. 

In Year 1 you will achieve the Foundation Diploma which is equivalent to 1.5 A-levels and this will be topped up to the full extended Diploma in the second year.

Entry requirements

An interview is essential and you will need one of the following:
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Science or Maths (grade 4 or above)
  • A Merit/Distinction in a relevant Level 2 course – such as the Diploma in Health and Social Care – with GCSE English at grade C or above (grade 4 or above)
Evidence of good attendance is also required. Voluntary work or work experience is desirable. You will also need to be DBS checked.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework with internally set assignments.  Students are expected to integrate the experience they gain on placement into their assignments.

There are two exams in Year 1 and a further two in Year 2.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need practical, smart clothing and shoes for your placement.  You must also cover your travel costs to your placement.

You will need to apply and pay for your DBS check.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
 
This course can lead to degree level study at university, with courses in subjects such as Nursing or Social Work.
 
Careers
 
You can pursue your career in the wide-ranging health and social care sector.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

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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