Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

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WJEC Level 1 Preparing for Employment in Health and Social Care

A career in Health and Social Care can be very rewarding, and can introduce you to opportunities where you are able to work with and support some of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. This course will give you a good understanding of what skills and knowledge are needed to be successful in a career in the Health and Social Care sector.

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Is this course right for me?

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.

Develop your communication skills and your understanding of working with diverse and often vulnerable individuals. This course is ideal for those learners that would like to work/intend to work in the health and social care sector.

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

  • Two GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh
  • Entry is subject to an enhanced DBS check
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting
  • Entry is subject to an enhanced DBS check

As part of this course you will study the following units:

  • Introduction to the Health and Social Care sector
  • Understanding professional practice
  • Developing digital and online skills
  • Valuing diversity at work
  • Introduction to appropriate workplace behaviour
  • Working as part of a team
  • Introduction to health and safety in the workplace
  • Understanding principles and values
  • Understanding safeguarding adults at risk
  • Understanding effective communication in health and social care
  • Work experience

As part of this course you will also study a VTCT Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • Enhanced DBS Fee - £44, payable on enrolment
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 14/11/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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