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Introduction to Health and Social Care, and Children and Young People’s Settings

Course Code: GHS1

Level: 1
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: CACHE, NCFE
Qualification: BTEC, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

About the course

If you know that you want to work in caring professions, but are not sure whether to work in health care, social care or childcare, then this study programme will help you make that choice. It’s an introductory course that will develop your caring skills and qualities in preparation for progression within your chosen career. This is a one year full-time course that will also include studying English and maths and opportunities to gain valuable work experience.

What you'll learn

You will study a range of units including:

  • communicating effectively
  • factors affecting health
  • social/emotional needs
  • creative and leisure activities
  • personal care in health and social care
  • job opportunities in health and social care/childcare
  • rights and responsibilities at work

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 specific entry requirements, however you must show a willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course that will enable you to progress into employment or further education.


You will complete a range of portfolio tasks for each unit studied. Functional skills will be assessed by an end test.

What's next?

Preparation for a vocational career in caring services is the emphasis of this course. If you are successful, this is a suitable qualification for you to progress on to a range of further study at level 2 with the College.

Students progressing onto the level 2 programme will need to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check to assess their suitability to undertake work experience in health, social care and early year settings. (Please note: you will be required to contribute towards the administration costs of the DBS check.)

This course can also be used as a stepping-stone into employment in the health and social care sector where some previous experience is necessary to gain initial employment.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: GHS1

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.