Health and Social Care - Level 1 (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This course is an introduction to health and social care and is ideal for you if you want to know more about the sector and the types of roles in it.

Learning will take place in the classroom, library and in our simulation areas where you can practice and demonstrate caring skills.

As part of this course you will take part in activities both in College and the community raising money and awareness for charities in the local area, you will also have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to develop your confidence and team work skills.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for individuals who are caring and compassionate; and who are interested in a career helping others.

It is suitable for you if you would like to learn more and about health and social care and are thinking about working in that sector in the future.

Qualification Gained

Level 1 EDEXCEL Introduction Diploma in Health and Social Care

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

This course is an ideal opportunity to develop your team working and organisation skills as well as an understanding of the health and social care sector. As part of this course you will study a variety of different topics including:

  • Being organised.
  • Developing a personal progression plan.
  • Working with others.
  • Researching topic.
  • Finding out about health and social care services.
  • Communication skills in health and social care.
  • Making healthy snacks when caring for people.
  • Advising others about healthy lifestyle.
  • Providing a creative activity when caring for people.
  • Supporting others to use adaptive equipment safely.

Learning Methods

Our teaching and learning methods vary to meet the different needs of learners and the wide variety of topics covered.

You will learn in the classroom through taught sessions, group work, discussions and projects, you will also learn in our simulation hospital rooms through practical activities where you can practice what you have learnt in the classroom.

Assessment Methods

We will assess you throughout your programme of study, and support you to improve your grades as you progress.

Assessment is carried out in various ways, including through written work like reports and essays, as well as presentations discussions and practical classes.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress onto a suitable level 2 programme.

Career Opportunities

In order to secure employment in health and social care you will need to further your study to level 2 and beyond.


Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grades E - F
  • English and Maths at E3 or above
  • Caring and compassionate nature

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

£30 for trips

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.