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Preparing for Work in Health and Social Care (Level 1)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is a pre-employment programme, designed to support individuals to make the transition to employment within the health and social care sector.

During the course, learners will have the opportunity to explore the scope of health and social care settings for adults, children and young people and develop a deeper awareness and understanding of a range of job roles within this sector.

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

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year and will take up to 30 hours, over 5 days to complete in the classroom. However, flexible learning can be offered, and more information can be provided on enquiry or at enrolment.

The course takes place at our Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP. The course can also be delivered at a variety of our other campus locations.

What will I study?

Topics covered include:

  • The range of services available within health and social care
  • The principles and values of health and social care
  • The importance of effective communication
  • The principles of protection and safeguarding
  • Equality and diversity
  • Health and safety in the workplace

How is it assessed?

Students will be assessed through completion of a workbook.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No previous qualifications are necessary.

Learners will complete an initial assessment in literacy and numeracy at the start of the course. This is to help establish the academic level and starting point of each individual, and to identify any additional learner support needs.

What are the course fees?

Our courses are FREE of charge if you are aged 19+ and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You claim a relevant means tested benefit
  • You are earning under £31,600.40 per year and live within the Liverpool City Region or Greater Manchester City Region, or under £20,319 per year and live outside City Regions
  • You are earning £35,000 or below, living within the Liverpool City Region or Greater Manchester City Region, aged over 24 without a first degree level qualification and wish to study up to level 2

This information is subject to change.

If the above does not apply to you, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page to check your eligibility for funding.

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

This course provides fantastic progression on to the distance learning Level 2 Preparing to Work Adult Social Care or another accredited course, depending on your goals. Alternatively, this course may help you progress into employment. Your tutor will discuss this with you at the end of your course.

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

Please contact our WorkWorld Team on 01744 623597 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, we have taken our utmost care to describe and show course information as accurately as possible. St Helens College reserves the right to amend, remove and add courses in the future. This information cannot be considered contractual and advertised course fees are subject to change.

Ref: Pam Berry