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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme is designed for anyone who has an interest in working in the health and social care sector and it will develop skills for progression to further learning and ultimately employment. It is made up of units providing a broad introduction to working in care as well as specific units which offer a taste of care issues. There is also a focus on key transferable skills. 

Entry requirements

All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential.  A GCSE profile of D-E grades is desirable.  Good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study should be evident from your Record of Achievement. English GCSE is required at grade 2 or above. 

Course Content

Units in the programme include:

  • Being organised
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Communication skills for health and social care
  • Advising others about healthy lifestyles

You will also study Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths as well as Employability and Personal Development. Developing your maths and English skills will support your main study programme, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.  

How will I be assessed?

There is continual assessment using a variety of methods such as written assessments, presentations, displays and practical activities.  Your Functional Skills will be assessed by portfolio and online assessments.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Further Study

If you achieve a Merit in this Health and Social Care programme, you may be able to move on to the BTEC Level 2 in Health and Social Care - subject to good attendance, a good work rate and a positive attitude to study. You can also progress to further training opportunities.


You can consider embarking on your career in roles such as:

  • Care assistant
  • Health care assistant
  • Early Years worker

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