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Introduction to Health & Social Care Certificate Level 1

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
1 year
Level 1

The Introduction to Health & Social Care Certificate Level 1 will develop your knowledge and awareness of the types of provision in health and social care. It includes the roles played by workers, from principles and values through to health and safety and working with others. There is the option to take units in more specialised areas such as learning disability, sensory loss or mental health.

Entry requirements

3 or 4 GCSE subjects at grade 2, ideally including English and Maths.

What will I study?

This Certificate will:

  • Help you develop an understanding of these settings before deciding whether working in the sector is for you
  • Allow you to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment and/or career progression in the sectors
  • Allow you to tailor your learning to your interests through the provision of a broad range of optional units
  • Provide opportunities for the development of transferable skills
  • Support progression to Level 2 qualifications in health, social care or children's settings
  • Provide the opportunity to progress to employment, in due course, in a range of job roles in the care sectors

This course is aimed at those considering a career in health and/or social care with adults or children and young people.

All Foundation programmes include social and work skills as well as GCSE English Language and Maths.

Additional costs
There is an optional cost to purchase the course textbook.

Method of delivery

You are likely to be in College over three full days per week. Your studies will be mainly classroom based but you will also experience practical sessions in our simulation care unit.

Your studies will be face to face on site, with 90% classroom based and 10% undertaking simulated practical activities.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

On completion you may progress into employment within the health and social care sector or progress to a related Level 2 course, for which a Pass profile is required.

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