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BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Health & Social Care

The purpose of the Level 1 Introductory Diploma is to develop the transferrable skills, attributes, and behaviours to enable progress into further study. If you enjoy the sense of achievement from knowing you are positively supporting the lives of individuals, then this course is for you.

Why Choose This Course?

If you would like to work in a sector with plenty of opportunities for progression and a job in which a high percentage of workers report they feel their work makes a difference, the BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care is a great stepping stone to achieving a quality career. The course will help you develop skills needed to continue your studies, and give you a good introduction to Health and Social Care. The knowledge base you will develop, such as care values, effective communication skills, promoting health and wellbeing, working as a team, being organised, and preparing a personal development plan, are essential to progress into a career within the wider sector.

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Start date: 07/09/2023

Course code
Level 1
Truro College
1 year


Small classes

Experienced tutors

Industry-standard facilities

Modern equipment

Industry links

Learn from experts

You will be taught by staff with a wide range of experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of working in the sector.

Develop work-related skills

During your tutorial programme, you will also develop personal and work-related skills which will help prepare you for the challenges you will face within progression in education and/or full-time work.

Expand your knowledge for the sector

You will develop your communication skills, teamwork skills and develop your understanding of care values and health and wellbeing.

What Will I Learn?

A BTEC in Health and Social Care is a recognised pathway to work or further study within a sector that offers a range of exciting and rewarding careers. Our Level 1 Course will support you to develop both personally and professionally and give you an introduction to a range of careers within the sector. You will cover skills and topics including care values, effective communication, teamworking, and promoting health and well-being.


This programme of study is continually assessed through coursework, observations and presentations. These are some of the units and topics covered as part of the course:

  • A1 Being Organised
  • A2 Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • A3 Working with Others
  • A4 Researching a Topic
  • HSC5 Finding Out About Health and Social Care Services
  • HSC6 Communication Skills for Health and Social Care
  • HSC7 Making Healthy Snacks when Caring for People
  • HSC8 Advising Others about Healthy Lifestyles
  • HSC9 Providing a Creative Activity when Caring for People

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grades 9 – 4 in these subjects you will be required to attend additional lessons in these areas. These are varied study sessions and are designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in maths and English will support your future, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. Employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have good maths and English GCSEs which is why the development of these skills is so important, whatever you do.


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Where Will It Take Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, previous students who have achieved the required grades have taken the opportunity to continue their studies onto our Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. It can also unlock career opportunities for roles such as support workers or healthcare assistants. You could also begin an Apprenticeship in Early Years settings, or other health and social care organisations.

Assessment Arrangements

Your learning will be through lectures and practical sessions including trips and visits. You will be expected to undertake research, attend visits to health and social care settings and create presentations and projects.

Your achievement on this course is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality, ability to meet deadlines and commitment. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Practical Assessments
  • Written Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Observations

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no specific entry requirements students must have a keen interest in exploring work within the caring sectors.

Information & Support

Throughout the course you would be required to complete at least 10 hours of independent study time per week. To support you in this you will have access to lecturers via email and will be able to access support materials and resources via our virtual learning environment.

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