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Health & Social Care: Level 1 at Suffolk New College

Course description

• Students consistently achieve above National Average

• Students reported in their forum feedback that they really enjoyed the variety of units which helped them think about their future career choices.

• Individual support for students and the guest speakers students said made the course more interesting and achievable.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or Maths or both will need to study an English or/and Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.  

Course content

This study programme offers you a great opportunity to study relevant units of study at an introductory level, these include: creative activities when caring for individuals, and health and social care services. You will learn a range of employability skills and techniques for future job opportunities, and develop personal qualities and attitudes essential for working life. You will be in College a minimum of three days a week and are asked to study for up to 10 hours a week ‘outside’ College on coursework assessments. Throughout the course you will be assessed in a variety of ways including: creating brochures, leaflets, making snacks and activities, presentations and assignments reports. Work related guest speakers will support you in developing wider employability skills; you may also undertake 2 weeks work experience to gain insight into what it is like to work full time in care settings.  



Entry requirements

A profile of GCSEs at grades E-F or grades 2-1 (If you have a number of G grades please ask about entry level qualifications in the College as these may be more suitable).

Ability to study at level 1 Functional Skill in Maths & English

DBS check before enrolling with recommendation that that students register with the Update Service at the same time. nbsp;


Financial information

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

£20 for textbook and £14 polo shirt £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment with £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card (based on 2016-17 costs and may be subject to change).  



Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Level 1 study programme last year 70% of students progressed onto Level 2 qualifications in Health & Social Care; 10% took an apprenticeship in Childcare; 10% gained full time employment and 10% gained part-time employment. Normally if you pass the programme and gain Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 1 or above, you will be able to progress onto the next level of study. This could include the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or other study programmes in the College which might interest you.  



Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382738 or email

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk New College directly.

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: SIH91F0
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