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Health & Social Care CACHE Diploma Level 1 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

Working in the health and social care sector requires a very special kind of person. Dedicated, passionate and always willing to go the extra mile, your caring and compassionate nature can help to make a real difference to the lives of others. If you are considering a career working with children and young people or adults, then this may be the course for you.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the range of service provision and roles
  • Understanding the principles and values in health & social care
  • Awareness of protection and safeguarding in health & social care
  • Introduction to communication in health & social care
  • Introductory awareness of equality & inclusion
  • Introductory awareness of health & safety
  • Introductory awareness of person-centred support

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills).

Entry requirements

You will need two GCSE’s at grade 3 (D) or above, including English Language.

You will also need to have excellent attendance at your last place of study and a clear DBS check.


You will be assessed on how you use relevant knowledge, skills and procedures to complete routine tasks. This includes responsibility for completing tasks and procedures subject to direction or guidance.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could remain in college and progress on to the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care.

Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for an Health and Social Care Apprenticeship and work as an Apprentice within Health and Social Care.

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Following further study you could work as a:

  • A high level Midwife where you could earn between £31,000 and £41,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Physiotherapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 to £22,000 a year.
  • An Occupational Therapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £23,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
  • Visiting local providers
  • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities.


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.0pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 December 2017
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