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.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

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 be on placement for at least 1 day a week from as early as possible! There are also two one-week block 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 safety 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 Children’s Play and Learning Development or 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.

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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