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Progression to Care at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course is aimed at people who would like to pursue a career in the care sector – with children or in health and social care. It will give you a good basic overview of the skills and qualities required to work with people in the care sector. Alongside your course you will also study English and Maths at a level to meet your needs, giving you valuable employability skills for the future.


Course content

Students will study a range of units giving an overview of the care sector. This will include communication, health and safety, professional skills, teamwork and more personal units to help build confidence and independence in study. You will attend college for 3 days per week, studying Maths and English alongside this qualification.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. No formal GCSE qualifications are required but applicants will need to be motivated and interested in the subject area. Students must be aware that progression onto level 2 courses within the care sector require both references and a satisfactory DBS criminal check.



Successful completion of the level 1 course will enable students to progress to our level 2 courses, either in childcare or health and social care. However, please note that entry to childcare requires English GCSE at grade C or above (Grade 4 on the new GCSE grading structure)


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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