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Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings Level 1 at West Lancashire College

Course description

This course is an ideal first step for anyone who would like to pursue a career in caring for adults or children, whether in the NHS, Social Services, the voluntary or the private sector.

Successful students tend to:
> enjoy working closely with people 
> be able to relate to people 
> understand the needs of others 
> be caring and patient and able to stay calm under pressure

Course content

The units cover a range of care topics including:

  • Understand the Different Services Available in Care
  • Understand the Principles & Values of Caring
  • Awareness of Protection and Safeguarding
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Introductory Awareness of Equality & Inclusion
  • Introductory Awareness of Health & Safety
  • Introductory Awareness of Person- Centred Support
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Physical Care of Children and Babies

Functional skills in English, Maths and IT will also be studied as an integral part of the course.

Learners will undertake a period of work experience (a minimum of 48 hours per year) appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Learners will be required to participate in Enrichment activities (a minimum of 30 hours per year)

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but a reasonable standard of English and maths is expected, plus the enthusiasm and commitment to succeed. All candidates will be interviewed to assess their eligibility for the course.

Future opportunities

The Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings Certificate Level 1 can combine well with GCSE’s, NVQ’s and other health related qualifications. Combined with any of these it supports progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care, Children's Care, Learning & Developmemt Level 2 Diploma or employment in the health and social care sector.

If you would like to pursue a career in one of the caring professions, you would normally need to undertake further study and voluntary work; but if you wish to progress straight to employment, you could apply for a position as a care assistant or nursing assistant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016