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Introduction to Health and Social Care and Childcare Gateway Diploma at City College Plymouth

Course description

Are you a caring person who would like to look after children, the elderly or disabled people but not sure which route would be best? Then this is the study programme for you! It is an introduction to the caring services, and will let you explore all areas of health, social care and children's services, and will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to work in the industry. If you wish to continue your studies, it will also equip you to progress to further learning and ultimately to work in health and social care or other related sectors. 

Course content

Gateway Entry Level 3 units of study:

  • working in the sector
  • equality and inclusion
  • principles and values
  • person centred care
  • play activities with children
  • growth and development
  • meeting children's needs
  • effective communication
  • healthy lifestyles
  • health and safety in the workplace.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

Entry requirements

There are no academic entry requirements.

As with any care or childcare course, once you have accepted the offer of a place, you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; this will be discussed at interview and you will be expected to contribute £22 towards the DBS check.

Since October 2014, all students undertaking work experience in child care settings are required to sign an additional declaration to confirm that they are not disqualified from working with children ‘by association’;  this means that you confirm, to the best of your knowledge, that you are not living in the same household as an individual who is disqualified from working with children/young people.


A portfolio of evidence will be submitted for assessment and there are no formal examinations. 

Future opportunities

Once you have completed this course you will have the skills needed to progress to a level 1 course in Health and Social Care at the College or within a children and your people setting. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Plymouth directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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