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The Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings aim to develop learners' knowledge and awareness of health, social care and children's and young people's settings. They are aimed at learners in school or college who wish to develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between these settings. These qualifications provide pathways into the sector for anyone considering a career in health and/or social care. They will not confirm competence in a job role but will provide an opportunity for learners to develop knowledge about the wider health and social care sector before they decide whether working in the sector is for them and gain information to make decisions about career progression.

This qualification does not provide a licence to practice, it is designed to help learners progress onto a Level 2 qualification. 

The course is scheduled over 3-4 days per week.

  • Sector Overview

    The largest employer in the UK Healthcare Sector is the NHS, which employs more than 1.5 million people - placing it in the top five largest workforces in the world. There are more than 350 different roles available within the NHS. A significant proportion of the sector's workforce is in independent healthcare. In addition to their private sector functions, these providers are increasingly contracted to provide services on behalf of the NHS.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • Interview and assessment
    • Clear & enhanced DBS check (provided by the College). This must be obtained at the start of your course.

    You will have the opportunity to study GCSE Maths and/or English alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Health and Safety
    • Communication
    • Person-centred approaches to care
    • Play
    • Healthy eating
    • Safeguarding
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Assignments
    • Group work
    • Participation in work experience
    • Professional discussion
  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in skills competitions, such as the Big Idea Challenge and Skills London. You will be involved in taking part in trips and visits, such as The Nursery World Conference and Award-Winning Early Years settings.

    You will be invited to take part in funder-raiser events such as The Toy Library Children in Need. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

    Our Student Common Room is a great place to unwind and relax during your breaks. It features pool tables, table tennis, a gaming corner and lots of comfy sofas so you can refresh before your next lesson.

    Themed events are held in the Common Room so you can get the best experience of being a Waltham Forest College student.

  • Work Experience

    Throughout this course you will be trained and assessed to achieve a CACHE qualification as well as receive a minimum of 36 hours work experience in a childcare or health and social care environment.

  • Progression opportunities

    This course will lead to:

    • Health and Social Care Level 2
    • Childcare Level 2
    • T Level Transition Programme
    • Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • Alumni

    Amina progressed from Childcare Entry Level 3 to Caring for Children Level 1 when she was still new to the country and had very little spoken English. Following this, she obtained a CACHE NCFE Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Level 2 and gained her licence to practice.

    Last year, 52% of Childcare students progressed onto a positive external destination (employment or higher education), and 48% progressed onto further study at Waltham Forest College.

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