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Care & Early Years - Health and Social Care Level 1 Study Programme

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 59448-1
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


This Health and Social Care study programmes provide the knowledge needed when working in a health and social care environments, caring for young people, adults, and the elderly. The programme covers a wide range of areas including; supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

Level 3 learners will be in college for three/four days each week and in a work placement for one day each week. Being in a placement will give learners the opportunity to gain experience in a real work environment; putting into practice what has been learned in the classroom. Placements can range from attending care homes, schools, charities and nurseries.

Level 2 learners will have placement experience in either care homes, charity organisations or day care settings, when tutors consider that learners are placement ready and can work professionally.

Level 1 learners will visit care settings with their tutor, to gain an understanding of the skills and professional behaviours required when working in the care industry.
The average salary you could expect to earn working in the Health and Social Care sector is from the minimum wage for a care assistant up to �30,000 for a setting manager.


What you will study

Examples of some of the units you may study are:

Level 1
� Caring for Children
� Life stages form birth to end of life
� Healthy living
� Activity planning

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4).  This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How will it be delivered?

At levels 1, 2 and 3 you will be assessed by a range of methods including oral questioning, portfolio building, posters, written assignments and practical tasks. Level 3 learners will also have to pass two 5,000 word controlled assessments and an exam. 

Entry requirements

Level 1
3 GCSEs at 9-1
Level 2
4 GCSEs 9-3
Relevant Level 1 at merit grade plus English and maths grade 9-3

Level 3
5 GCSEs at 9-4, including English and Maths.
OR Relevant Level 2 at merit grade plus English and maths grade 9-4

Your next steps...

Further Study

On completion with the appropriate pass and English and maths grades you can progress through the levels. For example learners completing level 1, who follow college rules, attend above 95% and are progressing in maths and English will be offered a place on level 2.

After Level 3 previous students have progressed to University to undertake degrees in health and social care related topics such as: Adult Child and Mental Health nursing, Psychology, Health and Well-being, Criminology, Youth and family working, Social work, Diagnostic Radiography, Midwifery, Nursing, Community Development.

Wakefield College offers a FdSc Health and Wellbeing and BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing (Top-up).

Career Oppotunities

This study programme may support progression into a wide range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:
Care Support Workers in residential settings, Healthcare Assistants in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments, Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services, Care within Supported Living or Day Services Community-Based Support Workers.


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