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Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children Diploma level 1 – C3061

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Course Overview

This course is designed to help you prepare for a range of different career paths in the child and healthcare sector.
You will learn all the key elements of caring for children and young people; including working in nurseries and building your understanding of children from birth to seven years old.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this programme you will study a variety of topics including:

1. Service provisions
2. The principles and values of the caring profession
3. Safeguarding children and young people
4. Person-centered support
5. Development of children through play
6. Importance of engagement in leisure and social activities

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled in a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 1 or 2 or above is required.

Students with ESOL qualifications will need to speak to the tutor to determine the most appropriate pathway, depending on the level of written and spoken English.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed continuously throughout the year for your main qualification.
For English and maths, you will be assessed through an exam.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2225.00

Additional Costs

The materials fee of £30.00 is payable by all students regardless of financial position. Tuition fees are applicable for anyone aged 19+ and the fees are £950. If you are aged 19+ you will need to pay £40 for the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, which is a requirement in order to complete the work placement element of this course.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

Upon completion of the course, you can progress onto level 2 in either Health and Social Care or Childcare, provided you gain the level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and maths (or GCSE level 3).

Alternatively, you can start work in an apprenticeship role through one of our supportive employers within the industry.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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