Course starts: September 2020

Duration: One year, full-time

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course is ideal if you’re thinking of a job in a child health or social care setting. It’s a great introduction to the world of these ever-changing and rewarding industries and will give you all the information and experience you need to take the next step into further learning or employment.


Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) at GCSE or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or Distinction. A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is required and it has to be applied for before starting the course, or during enrolment.


What will I learn?

You’ll develop a range of skills essential for working life:

  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding in the area of child, health and social care
  • Develop a range of transferable skills for the sector
  • Gain relevant work experience for your future progression


Work experience

You’ll do 60 hours of work experience to pass the course, which are divided into two one-week work placements in a child, health or social care setting.



You’ll study ten modules which are all directly relevant to health and social care work.

The mandatory modules are:

Understanding disability

Communication in health and social care

Working in health and social care

Health and safey in the work place

Person-centred approaches in health and social care

The optional modules include:

Duty of care in health and social care

Equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

Activity provision in health and social care

Understand how to handle information in social care settings

Team work in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings



You’ll be assessed through written and practical assignments and can gain Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assignments include essays, presentations, videos, discussions and posters.


Enrichment opportunities

We normally have a range of outside speakers from the local field of Health & Social Care. You’ll also get the chance to go on trips to appropriate Health & Social Care settings.


Career and progression

You can progress to a Level 3 qualification such as BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, you can take junior level positions in a wide variety of career areas including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody, social and community work.


Additional costs

You’ll need to buy the current course text book, which is £20-£25. Details will be given at enrolment.