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Health and Science (T-Prep Transition Programme)

Course Code: TPHCS

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Four days per week at the College, 9.00am - 4.30pm and one day per week with an employer (work placement)

About the course

This T-Prep Transition Programme is an exciting new type of course for school leavers, specifically designed to give you the knowledge and skills that the businesses of today need. If you are looking to make a difference in your community or want to help vulnerable people then this is the course for you!

Designed with employers, including the NHS, a T-Prep Transition Programme you will give you a head start into the world of work. On successful completion you may be able to progress into employment or onto a level 3 T Level or Apprenticeship.

What you'll learn

The T-Prep Transition Programme covers five key areas which will prepare you for your next steps:

  • knowledge and skills for the workplace (develop the skills that employers value most, for example communication and teamwork)
  • skills for successful study (develop strategies to plan your learning and manage your time)
  • English, maths and digital skills (learn how to apply the English, maths and digital skills that matter to your chosen industry; continue working towards achieving a GCSE grade 4 or Functional Skills level 2 in English and/or maths if you do not already have this)
  • industry-relevant technical knowledge and skills (study technical content to prepare you for the health or healthcare science industry)
  • positive attitude and behaviours (we’ll help you to set goals and develop practical strategies to build your confidence and resilience).

You will also study the following aspects of healthcare and science:

  • practical skills to perform healthcare and science activities
  • safeguarding and why this is important in healthcare
  • human growth and development and how care needs change over your lifetime
  • equality, diversity and inclusion and why this is important in health and care
  • research and academic development skills in healthcare and science
  • scientific knowledge and understanding of human biology, chemistry, physics and how this relates to healthcare and science.
Entry requirements

In order to be successful on this T-Prep Transition Programme, you will need to have five GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include English and maths (you will have the opportunity to retake English and maths if you have not gained above a grade 3). You will also be required to have a passion and motivation to support and help people.


You will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may be able to progress onto an Apprenticeship in Health or Adult Social Care or a level 3 T Level in:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: TPHCS

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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