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Certificate in Health & Social Care

This course is an ideal introduction to the world of health and social care. The programme comprises a health and social care qualification and GCSE resits or Functional Skills in English and Mathematics.

The modules included in this programme include:
– Working with children and young people
– Communication skills
– Equality and diversity
– Meeting the needs of users of health and social care services.

This is a one year full-time Level 1 programme for individuals who are interested in finding out about the work in the health and social care sector. Progression to a Level 2 course is possible for those who complete and pass all aspects of this course.

At the end of the one-year programme, you are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that you have been working towards improving your previous grade.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB319 (2022)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 1 Year
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Course details


The health and social care component of this programme is assessed through coursework. This incorporates a mixture of class activities, presentations and written tasks. English and Mathematics are assessed by an exam.

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.

You need to have genuine interest in improving the lives of others.


Upon completion of this course, you can progress onto a Level 2 programme and various careers within the industry.

Facilities and resources

Lessons take place in classrooms that are equipped with the latest whiteboard technology. The college has its own computer system and one part of this is called the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) which you can access from both college and home (if you have an Internet connection). Staff put teaching resources and assignments on the VLE so you can save them to your memory stick to help you with your assignments. Practical sessions take place off-site in the local area which is within walking distance of the college.


Q: Do I need to have studied Health & Social Care at school previously?

A: No, this course requires no prior knowledge of Health & Social Care.

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.

As this course requires you to undertake work placements with children and/or vulnerable adults, a DBS check is required.

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB319 (2022) 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. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.


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