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*This issue does not affect applications for University Centre Colchester Degree level courses

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.

 

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.

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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

3 GCSEs (9-1) including English and Maths and an interview. Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS*) check

* Please note there is a charge of £45 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.

This is a 16-18 years old study programme only.

All students aged 16-18 on the first day of their course will have their course fully-funded by the government.

Costs of studying

If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August in the calendar year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay tuition fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. However, there are some courses which have additional costs which could include:

  • equipment costs – such as uniforms, kits, boots, etc.
  • trips and enrichment activities
  • DBS checks (formerly CRB checks)

For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available. Bursary awards can help with your course related costs such as travel, books and equipment and much more.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

If you are aged over sixteen and thinking of enrolling on a full or part-time course, you can apply for funding through the College Bursary Fund. Funds will be targeted at students where there is an identified low household income.

The bursary fund cannot assist with any general living costs nor can it be used as an attendance incentive.

Applications to the fund are not normally considered if the household income exceeds £25,000 but may be considered in some instances if the household is experiencing severe financial hardship.

You are advised to read the notes and policies at the beginning of the form and ensure that you provide all the evidence that is required when submitting your application.

When can I apply?

16-18 Bursary Fund applications for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year will be open from June 1st 2022.

For courses starting in September 2022, applications should be made by 1st November 2022. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. Applications received after 1st November will be considered on a pro-rata basis subject to need and the availability of funds.

Full details of the bursary funds can be found here:

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.

Health and Social Care Level 1
LevelLevel 1
LocationColchester
DurationOne year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year old Study Programme: Free

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Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.