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Certificate in Health and Social Care – Level 1

This course is for anyone interested in working in health and social care. Developing skills for progression to further learning and ultimately employment, it provides a broad introduction to working in care and an insight into care issues. There is also a focus on key transferable skills.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Health
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

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

All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and an interview is essential.  A GCSE grade 2 profile 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. 

Topics you will learn about include:

  • Equality and Diversity
  • Providing Personal Care
  • First Aid
  • Job Roles

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.  

This course will be delivered on-site.


You will develop a portfolio of work using a variety of methods such as written assessments, presentations, displays and practical activities. On successful completion, you will be awarded a College certificate. Your Functional Skills will be assessed by portfolio and online assessments and GCSEs will be assessed by examination.

Further Study

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/support worker
  • Early Years worker

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...



Health Associate Professionals


Health Associate Professionals

Managers in Transport and Distribution


Managers in Transport and Distribution

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 25, 2024 11:59 am