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Award in Introduction to Health, Childcare & Education

This introductory programme combines classroom theory and practical learning to provide a taster in a range of subject areas. Each of the programmes has been carefully crafted to provide you with maximum exposure to the types of skills you will experience in the work environment or within further study with us at Petroc. You will learn from curriculum experts in their field of expertise.

During the one-year programme, you will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and you will also develop occupationally-specific skills that will allow you to progress onto a higher level of study within your chosen specialism.

The course encompasses qualifications in Health & Social Care and Caring for Children.

Some of the units covered within this course could include:
– Health and safety when with young children
– Growth and development of young children
– Communication in Health & Social Care
– Principles and values in Health & Social Care

You will achieve this by undertaking an assortment of carefully composed study components including core & specialist modules, a tutorial programme, and the opportunity to improve your GCSE maths and English. The course also supports you in developing your study skills.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB495 (2024)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 1 Year
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Assessment could be through a range of written based assignments and practical based assessment.

Entry Requirements

You must hold four GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent (or above), preferably including Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English, you’ll continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 1 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills (where applicable) before progressing on to your next course.


Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the Transition to T Level in Education and Childcare or Health and Social Care. Alternatively, progression can be made to another subject area here at Petroc.


Q: Will I be completing work experience?

A: No, Level 1 does not require work experience, however this is always something we would encourage to give you an idea of working in the industry.

Q: Will there be any exams?

A: Not as part of your Level 1 programme but there may be exams as part of your English and Maths on your study programme as we support you to achieve these qualifications too.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Starting Date : 09/09/2024
Course Code : FTB495 (2024) North Devon Campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


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