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


Health and Social Care: Core

Health and Social Care: Core

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City & Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core Adults and Young People

This is a qualification developed for individuals working in, or intending to work, in the health and social care sector.

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A broad introduction to the industry that will support your progression into employment or further learning and training opportunities.

The qualification, known as the ‘Core’ will provide a thorough introduction to the principles, values and knowledge needed to work in the Health and Social Care sectors with adults, children and young people.

  • Two GCSEs at grade C 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 Level 1 programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting
  • GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade D or above
  • or evidence of improvement from internal GCSE/s
  • Entry is subject to an enhanced DBS check

This Core qualification covers the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care and reflects a range of different roles and settings.

Learners will complete a dual pathway focused on both Adults and Children and Young People.

To achieve the Core qualification, learners must successfully complete the following units:

  • Principles and values of health and social care
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Professional practice as a health and social care worker
  • Safeguarding individuals
  • Health and safety in health and social care

As part of this course, you will also undertake First Aid and Welsh.

You will be also be required to attend work placement as part of your programme.

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
  • Online examination

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.

On completion of the ‘Core’, learners will have the opportunity to progress onto the ‘Practice’ element of Health & Social Care specialising in Adults or Children & Young people. This is for learners who gain employment in the sector in a support role and enables learners to qualify to as a Health and Social Care worker in a supervised capacity and apply for voluntary registration with Social Care Wales, providing that they also meet any the other registration requirements.

  • 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: 06/12/2023
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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