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The Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings aims to develop learners' knowledge and awareness of health, social care and children's and young people's settings. 

It is aimed at learners in school or college who wish to develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between these settings. It is especially for those learners that wish to work in Care but are not sure of which sector. 

The course will be delivered one day a week between 9.30-14.45.

Note: Does not confer competence or licence to practice.

  • 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: 

    • Maths and English Assessment  
    • Assessment and interview 

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills English and/or maths alongside your course so you can progress to the next level. 

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Understand the range of service provision and roles within health and social care 
    • Understand the principles and values in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
    • Safeguarding
    • Communication
    • Equality and Diversity 
    • Health and Safety
    • Person-Centred Support
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Written tasks
    • Practical activity
    • Study visits
    • Team building activities

    All assignments will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence, graded Pass/Fail.

  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in trips and visits, such as to the Forest Schools. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.


  • Work Experience

    You will be offered opportunities to actively engage with industry related employers and take part in experiential events to improve your personal development.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto: 

    • Level 2 Health qualification or employment in the Health Sector
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.


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