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    About the course

    Health and social care is about supporting and caring for those of all ages. A job in this sector is demanding and challenging but also very rewarding.

    This course offers four units that enable learners to gain an insight into the sector. It is suitable for those who have no previous experience in health and social care but may wish to peruse a career in this sector. This course is assignment based, with a minimum of 60 hours of work experience. Those who only need to do one GCSE will complete half a day a week of volunteering*. This will enhance their employability on completion of the programme.

    This course offers the first step into a career in health and social care and could also lead to the T level 3 course, if the criteria is met. 

    *This will apply to learners starting from Septenber 2022

    Entry requirements

    GCSEs – Maths  3, English 3, Science 4/4 

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

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    Why study?

    Gain basic knowledge and skills of the health and social care sector.

    Experience work placements and understand the demands and requirements.

    Carry out some practical tasks in the realistic working environment.

    Understand basic first aid.

    Understand basic manual handling techniques.

    Shadowing in the workplace.

    Team building activities both in and out of College.

    Educational trips.

    Guest speakers include Industry specialists, nurses, midwifes and healthcare assistants.


    Where will this course take me?

    You may progress onto level 3 OCR or T level or employment in health settings.

    Possible careers:

    • Care assistant 
    • Nursery assistant 
    • Ward assistant 
    • Residential care assistant 
    • Day care centre assistant

    Core modules

    • Unit 1 Principles of working in health, social care and childcare
    • Unit 2 Health and safety in practice 
    • Unit 3 Working in a person centred way 
    • Unit 4 Safeguarding 

    Optional modules

    • First aid
    • Manual handling 
    • Mental health

    How will I be assessed?

    Unit 1 and 2 externally set and marked exams 

    Unit 3 and 4 assignments with summative assessment

    Will I have to provide anything?

    Pen, paper, folders, textbook.

    Clear DBS £40

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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    T Levels Q&A


    T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

    T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.


    Harlow College offer T Levels starting in the 2021/22 academic year, initially in the following areas:

    • creative and digital
    • construction
    • childcare and education
    • health


    T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.


    T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

    • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
    • an industry placement with an employer
    • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them


    T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

    Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.

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