Introductory in Health and Social Care Diploma Level 1

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2019


The Level 1 Introductory in Health and Social Care Diploma is primarily for those aged 16+ who want to continue their education and develop their skills for progression onto further learning and ultimately to employment.

The Diploma is designed to be taken over one year, as a substantial vocational qualification within a study programme, which will includes English and maths.

What will I do?

During the Level 1 Introductory in Health and Social Care Diploma you will study four core units:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Development Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a topic of your choice

These units give an opportunity to develop transferable skills that will benefit you in higher levels of study and also in the workplace.

You will also study:

  • Finding out about Health and Social Care services
  • Communication skills in Health and Social Care settings
  • Making healthy snacks when caring for people
  • Advising others about healthy lifestyles
  • Providing a creative activity when caring for people
  • Visiting a Health and Social Care setting

In addition to your course, you will undertake 30 hours of work experience.

We have enthusiastic, friendly staff who have vast experience in the Health and Social Care sector including qualified nurses and midwives.

We have a dedicated suite of classrooms, which include a clinical room where you will learn practical caring skills.

We have a wide range of guest speakers and employers from the Health and Social Care sector who talk about their particular career as well as people who have a wide range of personal experiences to share.

If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE grade 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or maths.

Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

Entry requirements are two GCSEs at grades E or above (new GCSE grade 2 or above) or equivalent (to include English or maths), or any one of the following, an Entry 3 qualification, a Certificate in Skills for Working Life or Life Skills, an ESOL Entry L3 qualification.

If you are unable to meet these entry requirements enrolment onto our Pathways to Progress provision will prepare you for progression into the curriculum area of your choice, either in-year (depending on progress made in the first six weeks) or the following September. We also offer full time ESOL courses which give you opportunity to develop your language skills further prior to progression into the curriculum area of your choice the following September.

The Introductory in Health and Social Care Diploma will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for three days a week.

Independent study is expect to support with learning.

The Introductory in Health and Social Care Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £1200
If full course payment is made on the first day of the course a discount may apply.

Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

This course is 60% practical and 40% theory. There are a variety of assessments including PowerPoint Presentations, posters, discussions, booklets and leaflets, portfolio, observed practical tasks and written work.

There are no exams for this qualification.

The qualification is graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Successful completion of the Level 1 Introductory in Health and Social Care Diploma can lead to progress on to the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care, and the Level 2 Health and Social Care Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Additional costs include a Health and Social Care tunic for College, which is similar to those which carers and nurses wear in their jobs. These are approximately £17 each. These can be ordered from the College at the beginning of the year.

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the College's Bursary scheme and Be Brilliant Foundation.

How to Apply.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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