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Key information

Suitable for 16-18
Level 1
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 36 weeks
Subject area Health & Social Care
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

The BTEC Introductory Certificate in Health & Social Care is an engaging introduction to the Health and Social Care sector. You will be able to develop a range of skills needed in Health and Social Care and gain support with progression on to further study in this field.

Course description

The course integrates a broad range of units within the Health and Social Care curriculum to create a diverse programme of study.

The units explored during your course include Being Organised, Developing a Personal Progression Plan and Communication Skills for Health and Social Care

This is an assignment based qualification. All assignments are internally and externally assessed through a range of assessment methods. Examples of assessments methods used on this programme include observations, presentations, reports, posters and essays.

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.

Work experience

As part of the programme you will conduct a one-week work placement in a Health and Social Care environment. This will allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge into a practical work setting.

Enrichment activities

A range of Enrichment activities are incorporated within the programme. Examples of Enrichment activities conducted are sports activities, workshops, outings and debates. There is also the opportunity to request other enrichment activities that you have an interest in.

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.

Personal Learning Plan sessions

A course tutor will be allocated to you on the programme. Your course tutor will be working with you to set realistic targets that will enable you to achieve. Your targets will be monitored weekly by your tutor and yourself.

Additional information

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade A*-E including English and Maths and/or equivalent.

Initial Diagnostic Assessment has to be completed before you are enrolled; you need to achieve Entry level 3 English, diagnostic 60% or above to be accepted on to the Level 1 course. This is to ensure you are put on the right course at the right level.


You can progress onto the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Health & Social Care course or the Gateway Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care course.

Otherwise, you could gain employment within the Health and Social Care sector.

Fees and funding

The course fee for adults is £362 (plus £105 exam fee).

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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