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York College

Entry requirements

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More detailed entry requirement information will be available in due course.


One year.

What will I study?

The Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care is ideal for anyone who is interested in a career in health and social care. This includes jobs such as care worker and healthcare assistant. Following completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to progress to a related Level 2 course, or seek employment straight away.

This course is designed to provide you with an awareness of health and social care, and develop your literacy and numeracy skills to aid you progressing to higher level studies. It will help you develop an understanding of the sector and opportunities for employment.

Your programme of study includes:

Introduction to Health and Social Care
Roles in Health and Social Care
Principles and Values in Health and Social Care
Safeguarding and Well-being


At the end of the programme of study you will have achieved:

  • An Award in Mental Health Awareness
  • An Award in Introduction to Study Skills
  • An Award in Nutrition and Health
  • A Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care

The Diploma consists of a variety of units that will provide basic skills and knowledge of the field of Health and Social Care. Topics covered include:

Being organised
Developing a personal progression plan
Working with others
Researching a topic
Finding out about health and social care services
Communication skills for health and social care
Making healthy snacks when caring for people
Advising others about healthy lifestyles
Providing a creative activity when caring for people
Supporting others to use adapted equipment safely
Measuring older adults’ fitness levels for everyday tasks
Visiting a health or social care setting
Human growth and development
Creative activities for young children promoting healthy eating in care and encouraging children to eat healthily
Communication with adults and children in health and social care


Also included are visits, guest speakers, career preparation events and experience of the workplace environment.

How will I be assessed?

Some of the components are assessed externally, others by internal assessment, whereby each candidate is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. On completion of each unit candidates must declare that the work produced is their own. The Assessor must countersign this. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):

Assessor observation
Witness testimony
Record of professional discussion
Record of oral and written questioning
Candidate and peer reports
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

What could it lead to?

On completion you may progress into employment within the Health and Social Care sector.
A Pass profile is required to allow progression to Level 2.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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