Introductory Certificate in Health and Social Care and Childcare

Is the Course for me?

The Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to give you the opportunity to provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in Health and Social Care.

It will have you to develop a range of skills and attitudes essential for working in the Health and Social Care sector. You will also be able to further develop your communication and team work skills.

What is involved?

The main focus of this course is to build your knowledge of care organisations, policies and the role of the care worker. The units covered in the course will introduce you to skills that are essential when caring for children, young people older people. You will also learn about the aspects of living that are associated with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By the end of the course you will know how to maintain healthy, safe and secure environments and understand further child development through the life stages.

I - Learning Sessions
This is additional time embedded in your programme for independent study. This time is used to work through assignments, complete homework activities and conduct wider reading and research to assist learning.

Support Tutorials
Group and one to one tutorials are set up on the programme to further assist you with successfully completing the course. Support tutorials are at flexible times to meet your needs. This could occur during the daytime and evenings.

The work is internally assessed and there are no exams. The four mandatory units are the range of service provision and roles within health and social care, principles and values, awareness of equality and inclusion, and awareness of person-centred support.

Various assessment methods are used to ensure learning & teaching has taken place such as peer assessment, case studies, practical demonstration, role play, presentations and written assignments. Flexibility is provided for any learner with SEN; support is available from the SEN team. The maintenance of high standards is our priority, in order to make the lessons interesting and stimulating for all learners.


You may progress to a Level 2 course in Health and Social Care or Childcare. You may also choose to go to work in a Health and Social Care setting.

Course Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs Grade A* - E English & Maths and/or equivalent
  • Initial Diagnostic Assessment has to be completed before you are enrolled; you need to achieve Entry 3 English to be accepted on to the Level 1 course. This is to ensure you are put on the right course at the right level.