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

Level 1 – NVQ or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

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: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
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

On successful completion of this course you will gain a Pearson Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Health & 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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.