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Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care and Early Years

This course is a great introduction to the industry, especially if you have not had the opportunity to study this at school.

You will develop an understanding of both health and childcare professions and explore many health and childcare related topics including keeping active, healthy living, preschool activities, reading and numeracy.

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?

This qualification is formed of mandatory and optional units. The optional units allow you to choose from a variety of areas to tailor the qualification to your interests. From the mandatory units, you will gain knowledge and understanding in the following areas within health, social care and children and young people's settings:

  • Principles and values
  • Service provision and roles
  • Protection and safeguarding
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Communication
  • Health and safety
  • Person-centred approaches

From the optional units, you will gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of your choice within health, social care and children and young people's settings, these include (but are not limited to):

  • Introduction to learning disability
  • Introduction to physical disability
  • Introduction to dementia
  • Introduction to mental health
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Job opportunities
  • Health and social care services

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 two or more GCSEs at grade 2 (equivalent to grade E), including English and/or maths.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), 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 visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

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

Once you have successfully completed this course, you could progress on to the level 2 Diploma in Skills for Health and Care Professions or the level 2 Diploma in Early Years Practitioner.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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