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This qualification provides a broad introduction to the complex sector of Health and Social Care. It is designed to maximise opportunities for you to progress by focusing on the development of transferable and sector-related skills. The qualification prepares you for progression to Level 2 study or other study/employment opportunities. This course will support learners who are ready to return to study and forms part of a study programme that includes Level 1 Functional Skills English and Maths. If you are looking for a course which is challenging and will reintroduce you to studying, with a view to progressing further in the Health and Social Care sector, then this course is for you.


Location: Central Sixth

Start Date: 17/09/18


You will need to have a genuine interest in Health and Social Care. Vocational experience would be of benefit but is not mandatory.
You will need to have Entry 3/ESOL Level 1 English and Entry 3 Maths.
You are required to attend an interview to ensure that you will be able to cope with the academic requirements of the course. This will include a numeracy and literacy assessment.
There is no mandatory placement within the course, however, it would be beneficial to have either paid or voluntary work experience in your chosen area to support your studies on the course.


The qualification focuses on units that offer learners a taste of subject areas in health and social care, such as:
• Personal and Professional Development
• Communication
• Health Lifestyles
• Creative Activities
Achievement of the Award will demonstrate that you are able to study for a sustained period at an appropriate level. You will also have the opportunity to achieve your Maths and English Level 1 Functional Skills alongside the course, for which attendance is mandatory. The course will be 2 full days per week which will include the vocational qualification plus Maths and English.


Learning is assessed by a variety of methods to prepare you to study at Level 2. These include written assignments, work booklets, presentations and tutor observation. All of the assessment criteria in a unit must be met before the unit is deemed to be achieved. Units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. To be considered for progression to Level 2 study it is expected that you will be working at a Merit or Distinction level.
You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will support you throughout your period of study and you will complete a ‘Steps to Success’ portfolio to enable progression by setting professional and personal targets.


This course prepares you for progression to Level 2 study or other study/employment opportunities.

Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*

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