Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF)

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF)

Subject Area: Health & Social Care

Course Overview

This study programme offers you a great opportunity to study relevant units of study at an introductory level, these include: creative activities when caring for individuals, and health and social care services. You will learn a range of employability skills and techniques for future job opportunities, and develop personal qualities and attitudes essential for working life. You will be in College a minimum of three days a week and are asked to study for up to 10 hours a week ‘outside’ College on coursework assessments. Throughout the course you will be assessed in a variety of ways including: creating brochures, leaflets, making snacks and activities, presentations and assignments reports. Work related guest speakers will support you in developing wider employability skills; you may also undertake 2 weeks work experience to gain insight into what it is like to work full time in care settings. 

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or maths or both will need to study an English or/and maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2018
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: SIH91F0

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at grade E (grade 2) including English Language/ Entry Level functional skills English, pass a skill based test where appropriate, meeting, suitable reference, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) must be in place

Course Highlights

  • Students consistently achieve above National Average.
  • Students reported in their forum feedback that they really enjoyed the variety of units which helped them think about their future career choices.
  • Individual support for students and the guest speakers students said made the course more interesting and achievable.

Next Steps

On successful completion of the level 1 study programme last year 70% of students progressed onto level 2 qualifications in Health & Social Care; 10% took an apprenticeship in Childcare; 10% gained full time employment and 10% gained part-time employment. 

Normally if you pass the programme and gain Functional Skills in English and maths at level 1 or above, you will be able to progress onto the next level of study. This could include the level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or other study programmes in the College which might interest you.

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2018.

For all students aged 19+ please contact 

Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans can be found at 

Additional Costs

£20 for textbook and £14 polo shirt

£44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment with £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card on 2016-17 costs and may be subject to change).

Lindsay Evangelista - Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF)

I chose this course because I wanted to be a nurse. I've enjoyed doing creative things that are connected to Health and Social Care, like posters, presentations and group projects. One thing I really loved about going to College everyday was meeting new friends who you can work with. The tutors are really helpful; they give you information and new ideas of what you might want to be in the future. The course helps set you in the right direction and the earlier you start thinking about your life mission, the easier it is to make the appropriate decisions and plans to reach it. You have to set your goals and do your best to achieve it. The course will help you to do this and if you are struggling with your coursework, you can ask your personal tutors to help you with it.