Health and Social Care Level 1

This course is aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career in a health and social care setting by gaining introductory skills and knowledge.

The Health and Social Care Introductory Diploma Level 1 blends a number of qualifications together and is designed to provide you with the required skills set for progression on to the Level 2 programme or for working in the health or social care sector. The combined elements of this programme give you an idea of what working within the health or social care sector is really like whilst gaining a range of relevant qualifications for your chosen career.

What Will I Learn?

Some units of the programme will help to improve your general skills and others will help you to develop skills in relation to care services. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Course Content

Health and Social Care Introductory Diploma Level 1 units may 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

Depending on grades on entry, learners will undertake either functional skills or GCSE English and Maths.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSEs (grades A*-G/grades 9-1) and an interview. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)* check is also required.

* Please note there is a charge of £60 for an online DBS check.

What Can I Do Next?

On successful completion of this programme learners can progress to a Level 2 qualification such as the Health and Social Care BTEC First Extended Certificate Level 2, an Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care or Introduction to Early Years Education and Care CACHE Certificate Level 2.

Successful completion of this programme could lead to employment or an apprenticeships in the health or social care sector.

All progression routes are subject to completion of the level 2 progression task, achievement of appropriate English and Maths qualifications and a successful interview.

Health and Social Care Level 1
LevelLevel 1
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year old Study Programme: Free


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