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Childcare - Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children (for students aged 14-16) at Wakefield College

Course description

Caring for people, from young babies to older adults can be a very rewarding job. You need to be a kind and understanding person who has lots of patience. This course gives you the chance to learn about all life stages. 

Course content

What you will study

CACHE Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in an Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings (QCF) and Functional Skills in Maths and English
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.
Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How you will learn

You’ll have lessons in childcare, health and social care, maths and English as well as tutorial sessions. You’ll learn about caring for children, diet and nutrition, working safely and meeting the needs of older aged adults. You’ll also be timetabled for private study sessions, these are when you’ll complete any homework or assignments. You’ll be involved in a variety of activities including visiting speakers, tutor presentations, research and practical activities. 

Entry requirements

Predicted GCSE grades 3-9 in 4 subjects at AND
Minimum Entry Level 3 in English and Maths or equivalent
A genuine interest in the subject/profession
A good reference from Head of Year 10 or Headteacher


You’ll be assessed through completing workbooks, writing essays, producing leaflets, answering questions or doing presentations.

Financial information

For further information, please contact the 14-16 Unit at Wakefield College:

Tel - 01924 789742 or by email -

Future opportunities

Further study

After successfully completing this course, you could progress to a level 2 course in health and social care or childcare, or apply for an apprenticeship.


Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 13 May 2019
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