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Preparing to Work in the Caring Sector Level 1 at Wiltshire College

Course description

If you are interested in working with children, adults and vulnerable people, knowing about creative and leisure activities for them, and learning about health needs and care plans, this is the course for you.
On this one year course you will learn about the care needs of a wide range of people of all ages and from all backgrounds. You will gain the knowledge and skills you will need when providing care for children or adults as well as the theory so that you have underpinning knowledge should you choose to study further.
You will be able to take additional qualifications, such as Functional Skills English and Maths, which will improve your prospects of further study and employment. You may also have the opportunity to attend a work experience placement to put your new skills into practice.

Course content

You will study a variety of units in the year which will include the following:
  • Creative and leisure activities for children and adults.
  • Personal care in health and social care.
  • Communicating with adults and children in health care settings.
  • Job opportunities in health and social care.
You may have the opportunity to take additional qualifications alongside your course such as Jamie Oliver home cooking skills.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade E or above, or equivalent 
A good reference
A satisfactory interview


Assignment support workshops are included in the timetabled week but some additional study at home will be required.
The course is assessed continually through projects, assignments, observation, practical work and case studies.
The final qualification will be a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Future opportunities

Upon completion you could progress onto the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Caring Across the Lifespan
Vocational training or an apprenticeship in Care/ Childcare.
You could eventually progress into employment, working in a care environment in a residential or community setting, such as a nursery or care home in a supervised capacity.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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