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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 1 Diploma
Study Mode
Full Time 
Exams and Coursework 
Health & Social Care 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at A*- E grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.

Health & Social Care BTEC Level 1 Diploma

This course is a great if you are interested in a career in the health and social care sector. This could include caring for the elderly in a care home, working with adults or children with disabilities or helping people recover from illness or injury in a hospital or care centre.

About the Course

It is an excellent starting point for young people who are interested in learning about work or further study in health and social care. It helps develop the personal skills, qualities and attitude required.

Key Units

This course is mix of practical activities and classroom based work. 

You will learn about:
  • Health and social care needs and what people need to stay happy and healthy
  • Communication skills in health and social care, including good listening skills and how to comfort people 
  • Creative activities for children and adults
  • Healthy eating, including food preparation
  • Employability skills such as being reliable and being polite
  • Job opportunities in health and social care and how to make a good application

Course enrichment activities can include trips, visits and talks by guest speakers such as nurses, therapists and care workers. Health and social care professionals come in to college to work with you on practical assessments and activities.

You will also be expected to study Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths and have the opportunity to take awards in volunteering and personal and social development.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at A*- E grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.


The BTEC Level 1 Health and Social Care course is assessed mostly by coursework. There will also be some exams.

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this course, good attendance and punctuality along with tutor recommendation can lead to our Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma course or other Level 2 course.  

The health and social care sector offers an extensive choice of careers. Future career opportunities could include working as a care assistant, health care assistant, home carer or other support service roles. This can include progression via traineeships to apprenticeships or direct to apprenticeships.

Tell Me More

Staff and Facilities:
At the Sheffield College you will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and health and social care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local health and social care employers. Depending on your chosen campus the excellent facilities for our health and social care students include well equipped learning areas, a creative practice therapy room, medical practice room and emergency incident training area.

Will the course suit me?
An ideal person for this course is one who is interested in working with vulnerable people of all ages and abilities in a care capacity. It is an advantage if you are a patient person who enjoys helping people of all ages.

Extra Costs

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course.