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Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings BTEC Certificate Level 1 at Hackney Community College

Course description

Develop your ability to work in the Health and Social Care sector. You will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in working life and further study.
The course covers topics such as: – understanding service provision – understanding principles and values – protection and safeguarding – equality and inclusion – human growth and development – introduction to dementia – communication with adults and children – personal and social relationships

The course runs three days a week for one year. You will also study Functional Skills in maths and English or ESOL and do a work experience placement for which you will need a DBS.

Course content

You will take part in a variety of lively discussions, projects and classroom based activities such as designing and delivering a leisure activity. You will also do a 3-week work placement in a Health and Social Care or related setting to reinforce your learning. You will be visited and observed in the workplace by a tutor and you must keep a diary of what you have learnt. In college, you will have language classes and a maths lesson to reinforce the skills you will need in the workplace, for further study and daily life.

The course has approximately 12 hours teacher contact time per week – spread over 3 days. Additionally, you should spend 5-6 hours each week studying and completing homework. Your teacher will set you assignments and you must not hand these in late. You can use the college library, and we will show you useful books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and VLE. Normally, you should expect to spend an extra 3 hours a week on private study. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g.) books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and VLE.

Entry requirements

GCSE maths and English at grade D, plus a written assessment and College interview.


For the vocational qualifications, you will produce a portfolio of evidence which may include completed assignments, presentations and activities delivered in class and a work placement diary. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course to ensure you stay on track. In addition you will take exam based assessments in English or ESOL and Maths, leading to Functional Skills qualifications.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Level 2 qualifications such as the BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care, NCFECertificate in preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, Level 2 work-based qualifications, or employment as a care worker or support worker with a variety of client groups.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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