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Health and Social Care Diploma Level 1 at The Manchester College

Course description

Are you passionate about looking after others? Would you like to get paid to care for those who need your help? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people around you? If this sounds like you, then this Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care is perfect. On this BTEC Level 1 course, you’ll begin to learn all about health and social care, and will get a good, wide introduction into the industry. You’ll focus on the role of the carer, exploring all their responsibilities, discovering the different needs of others, and understanding the types of jobs in this industry. You will also get to look more closely at personal care, and learn how to creative activities and learning experiences for both children and adults. Part of the course will even cover how to promote healthy eating and how to communicate effectively with others. During your time with us, you’ll also develop your knowledge and abilities in English and Maths by attending our Functional Skills classes. This will help prepare you for a future career and give you the qualifications you need to advance onto the Level 2 Health and Social Care course.

Entry requirements

IYou don’t need any formal qualifications if you’d like to enrol on this course with us. It has been designed for those who are leaving school and working at the equivalent of GCSE grades D-F, but we welcome anyone who has a positive attitude and a desire to learn. We will ask all applicants to come and visit us for an interview, and possibly complete an online English and Maths test before offering you a place. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


Throughout this course, you’ll be assessed in a number of different ways to test what you are learning and challenge your abilities. This will include observations and discussions; the creation of posters, PowerPoint presentations, booklets and leaflets; written assessments; and question & answer sessions.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this Level 1 BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care, you’ll have everything you need to advance onto the next stage of study, with our Level 2 Health and Social Care course at The Manchester College. This will give you a more in-depth look at the industry, and help you to advance onto a number of different career opportunities in health and social care. You might wish to work in nursing or counselling, physiotherapy or psychology – the choice is yours!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Nicholls Campus offers courses for school leavers, adults and university level students. Subject areas include business, care, IT, nursing and medical sciences. The campus is home to the Arden School of Theatre, offering professional training in the performing arts as part of The Manchester College. The campus also hosts courses in skills for life and independent living for students with learning difficulties.

      Nicholls Campus is a specialist centre for sport. It’s home to the Nicholls Community Football Centre of Excellence and the college’s Sports Academies in football, rugby and basketball.

      Facilities at Nicholls Campus include:

      • full size grass football pitch
      • synthetic five-a-side pitches
      • sports hall
      • fitness suite
      • IT suites
      • science labs
      • library resources centre (LRC)
      • canteen
      • a student common room with pool tables, table tennis, CD player and quiet seated area

      Local area

      Ardwick is close to Manchester’s city centre and the city's universities. Nicholls Campus includes an impressive Grade II listed building with its own gardens. There’s a small park within walking distance of the campus and a green space across the road.

      The nearby Manchester Apollo is a 3,500 capacity live music venue. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are five minutes away by car. There are a post office, supermarket and other shops nearby. The campus is on a main bus route from the city centre and is close to Ardwick train station.