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Level 1 Introduction to Health and Social Care

Level 1 Introduction to Health and Social Care


Central Saint Michael’s


Course summary

This course has been designed for adult learners who wish to pursue a career in Health and Social Care sector. The purpose of these qualifications is to develop the transferable skills, attributes and behaviours needed for learners to progress to further study and ultimately to employment. As a Level 1 qualification the pass standard requires learners to complete routine, simple and directed tasks by applying their knowledge and skills. It is expected that learners’ complete tasks fully under supervision, direction or with guidance. At merit and distinction levels, learners may be expected to complete tasks in greater detail or with greater confidence or independence.

Course requirements

  • You will also need to have an Entry 3 certificate in English and Maths.
  • You will need to have a genuine interest in Health and Social Care. Vocational experience would be of benefit but is not mandatory.
  • 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 a mandatory placement within the course. It would also be beneficial for you to have either paid or voluntary work experience in your chosen area to support your studies on the course.
  • Attendance is mandatory and a positive attitude to learning is necessary.

All learners will study core units that focus on key transferable skills such as research and planning, time management and working with others. Learners will also take a number of sector units. The content of the sector units offer a broad introduction to the skills and knowledge within that sector allowing the delivery to be practical and active in order to engage the learners. For health and social care, the units cover activities such as presenting information to advise others about healthy lifestyles, providing a creative activity or supporting people to use adapted equipment.

The course will be 2 full days per week which will include the vocational qualification plus Maths and English at level 1.

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. The unit achievement is graded Pass Merit or Distinction, there is an expectation that to progress on to the level 1 qualifications students will need to be working towards a merit and distinction level. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will support you throughout your period of study to enable progression by setting professional and personal targets.

Many of our Level 1 learners progress to Level 2 and beyond. Employment in the care sector, NVQ, Apprenticeships.

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