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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You’ll gain a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for a successful career in health and social care. The course offers a placement and the opportunity to develop work-related skills in a health or care environment. 

Entry requirements

Functional Skills in English at Level 1 is required. Alternatively four GCSEs at grade D or above – to include English (Grade 3 or above) – will be accepted.
 
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. 

Course Content

Units include:

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Individual Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Ensuring Safe Environments in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

You will develop your skills in maths and English to support your main programme of study, help with your future progression and enhance your life skills. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a range of assignment and placement tasks scheduled over the year.  These will include written assessments, presentations, displays and practical tasks.  An overall grade is given at the end of the year. Functional Skills will be assessed by portfolio and online assessments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
If you gain an overall grade of Merit or Distinction on this Health and Social Care course and pass Functional Skills in English at Level 2, you may be able to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care – subject to interview and good attendance.

Careers
You can move into health care or related employment.

 

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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