Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Working in health and social care is an extremely responsible role. It is a crucial profession, which makes a huge difference to people's lives every day. There are many routes you may choose to go down, each demanding, but extremely rewarding.

With this introductory course, you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to work in the health care sector, working with the elderly or a young person as a nurse, health care assistant or residential care worker.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Developing interpersonal skills
  • Drug awareness
  • Family relationships
  • Safeguarding
  • Healthy living
  • Understanding diversity within society
  • Introduction to learning disabilities
  • Principles of care
  • Role of the care worker
  • Human growth and development
  • Mental health
  • Child development 0-3 years

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through written assessments, practical observations, witness statements, powerpoints and work booklets.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have a GCSE at grade 2 (equivalent to grade E) in either English or maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you will be ready to continue the next stage of your learning at level 2, developing more in-depth knowledge and valuable work experience.

Ref: Denise Honey



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