Health and social care

This programme covers a wide range of subjects, with classroom sessions combined with work placements.

Fact Sheet

Level 1 – This qualification gives you an introduction to Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings It can help you decide which area you would like to work in. It will help you develop some basic skills and knowledge required for working in these sectors. You will also have classroom sessions to help build your general knowledge and maths and English skills.

Level 2 – This is a nationally recognised qualification which allows you to go into employment. You will learn the key skills you will need to work in a variety of care jobs.

Level 3 – This is a recognised qualification which gives you an opportunity to progress on to university courses or in to employment.

Key elements:

  • Core units
  • Portfolio of work experience
  • Specialist Units
  • Maths & English
  1. Work placement (60 hours level 1 & 2 and 300 hours L3)
  2. Progression routes to employment or higher education.
  3. Wide range of subjects relating to Health and Social Care.
  4. Career progression support throughout the course.
  5. Enthusiastic and professional staff.

Care Assistant, Care Support Worker, Healthcare Support Worker, Healthcare Assistant, Care Home Manager, Community Based Support Worker, Social Worker, Nursing, Midwife, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Paramedic

What can I go on to do?

  • Enter employment
  • An apprenticeship
  • Progress to a degree programme or other higher education programme

If you are aged 16-19 and have not achieved GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths, any programme you choose will require you to continue studying English and maths.

Abi Lee

Abi joined the college’s Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care after competing her GCSEs. She achieved the top grades on her twoyear course – D*D*D* – and was awarded student of the year in the College FE awards.

She went on to study for a BA (Hons) Primary Education with advanced studies and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach children aged 3-7 at the University of Brighton.

Abi has since returned to GYC to speak to current Health and Social Care and Childcare learners about her experiences of applying for university, university open days, student finance funding and accommodation.

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