This qualification is for learners aged 16 and above who are working in healthcare settings such as hospitals, GP practices and medical centres. It will enable them to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to working in the health sector. It is particularly suitable for healthcare, physiotherapy and occupational therapy assistants.
You need to be working in paid employment in a healthcare environment as a healthcare worker. You will need to work for a minimum of 16 hours per week.
Learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits to gain the full award.
There are 12 mandatory units totalling 35 credits:
A minimum of 30 credits will be gained from optional units relevant to the learner's specific job role.
You will attend fortnightly class sessions with the tutor to fulfil the knowledge evidence requirements of the programme. You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to action plan your progress, observe your practice and assess your portfolio of work.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.
You may progress into a more senior role within the workplace or roles within Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams.
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.