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Health, Social Care and Childcare Level 1

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Llangefni, Rhos-on-Sea, Rhyl
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    1 Year

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Health, Social Care and Childcare Level 1

Full-time (Further Education)


Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

This is an introductory course designed for school leavers who wish to enter the field of health, social care or childcare. The course offers preparatory units on a variety of topics which provide insight into the key requirements of a health/social care/childcare professional.

Careers in the health, social and children’s development sector involve putting others before ourselves and using your skills to keep others safe and well.

The course will help you develop your understanding of the theoretical, legal, psychological, social and educational principles which underpin working effectively to care, support, empower and develop others.

The course helps you develop your communication skills and your understanding of working with diverse and often vulnerable individuals. The course will also develop the skills needed for successful study and progression to higher level qualifications.

During the programme you will also build your understanding of the range of careers in this sector.

Attending an Open Event with us gives you the opportunity to find out more about working in this sector and the range of careers this starting course can lead you to. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the course, life at college, or working in health, social, or children’s development, care and education sectors.

UNITS INCLUDE (these may vary across sites):

Health and Social Care/Childcare:

To support you along the way, the units studied include being organised, developing a personal progression plan, working with others, researching a topic and a range from the following list:

  • Planning a safe childcare environment
  • Supporting children's learning through everyday experiences
  • Communication skills for Health and Social Care
  • Welsh Language in nurseries for Early Years Practitioners (greetings, needs, numbers, colours, expression of intent, days of the week)
  • Play and child development
  • Awareness of Safeguarding in Health and Social Care (Adults, Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
  • Getting people active
  • Keeping active and healthy
  • Understand the range of service provision and roles within Health and Social Care
  • Making healthy snacks
  • Interactive presentation skills
  • Creative Activities
  • Plan and carry out creative activities
  • Baby care - personal care needs

You will be allocated a personal tutor to support you with your personal and academic progress throughout your time in college.

Entry Criteria

4 GCSEs at grade E or above including English Language/Welsh (1st Language) and Maths. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the potential to work independently and safely in settings.

Your programme may require you to attend an interview, please ensure you attend this.


You will undertake a suite of units which are assignment based. There is no exam element to the course but you will have some graded assignments/tasks which help develop your exam skills to support your progression to the next level.

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Case studies
  • Outside visits
  • Interactive learning
  • Self study
  • Group work
  • Virtual Learning Environment

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits
Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Coursework
  • Group assignments
  • Student profile
  • Presentations
  • Role play
  • Observation
  • Tests
  • Short and long answer written pieces
  • Presentations
  • Roleplay/practical assessments


This course helps you to develop knowledge and skills for progression onto Social Care or Childcare/Child Development course, or an Apprenticeship.

At Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, you could progress onto a number of programmes, including:

You may also consider work, depending on the opportunities available. This could be paid or voluntary.

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 1

Programme Area:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Children’s Development & Education


Available at Llangefni

Health & Social Care

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Health & Social Care

Students in a classroom

Children’s Development & Education

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Children’s Development & Education

Students in a classroom