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Health, Social Care and Children and Young People's Settings BTEC Introduction Certificate Level 1 at Croydon College

Course description

This course covers a wide range of introductory subjects to help you begin to learn about health and social care and what you can expect from a career in this field.

Your learning experience will include factual subjects such as legislation and the principles and values of health and social care, as well as practical subjects which will help develop the skills which are part of caring for and helping people.

Across the year you will be taught nine units which together will give you a foundation of knowledge in health and social care and help you decide where you would like to progress to next.

You will also get the opportunity to develop a range of practical skills  and attributes essential for successful performance in  the work environment

You will be taught in a classroom environment using a range of different formats including group work, IT and independent study. Support is provided for a wide range of academic and personal needs ensuring you get the most out of your course and your time at this College.



Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.


It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

To enhance your learning on the course, we welcome interesting and thought provoking guest speakers, hold conferences, take part in charity events and go on day trips to exciting and relevant places. These activities ensure that your experience of Health and Social Care at Croydon college is a rich and varied one.

You will be taught and supported by a health and social care teaching team who are from a wide range of professional backgrounds including nurses and substance misuse practitioners. They will use this knowledge to help you gain an insight into what it is like to work in the health and social care industry.

Entry requirements

Evidence of a commitment to learn and the ability to study at this level shown at interview.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 2 or above.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods which include assignments, role play and posters.

These assessments are enjoyable and exciting and give you a real opportunity to use skills you never knew you had.

Future opportunities

Upon completing the course successfully you may choose to continue your studies and progress to a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care.

It is possible also to progress on to an apprenticeship or into employment.

The job roles you can undertake vary from childcare to a social care assistant. Former students are now employed as Domiciliary Carers and Health Care Workers in hospitals and care homes. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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    • We are:

      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport