The Course

This qualification provides an excellent platform for you to launch a career in the caring professions.

It is a wide-ranging, engaging programme which will introduce you to the key values, skills and qualities required to work in care environments.


  • What You Study

    • Communication in health and social care
    • Health and social care values
    • The rights of the individual
    • Ensuring safe environments
    • Healthy living
    • Equality and diversity
    • A research project in health and social care
    • English and Maths, as required.
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 3 or D or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a Level 1 qualification in a related subject. A satisfactory reference and clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.

  • Duration

    One year full-time, normally in college three days a week.

  • Progression

    Students can progress on to the Level 3 programme.

  • Careers

    Work in a specialised area of care, such as learning disability or mental health, in social or youth work, in the public or private health and care sectors, in drug and alcohol counselling, in victim support or offending teams, in community care and many more.

  • Equipment Required

    For your course, you will need:

    • Folder with dividers to organise your work and assignments.
    • Stationery including notepad for use in class, pens and pencils
    • A laptop or tablet will also be useful
  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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