Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care: Introduction to Health and Social Care Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements

  • Three GCSEs at grade 2 including English
  • You will also require a good reference from school

Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme.

You will achieve

CACHE Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings.


Course overview

This programme can provide you with the opportunity to explore health and social care in its broadest context and aims to develop independent learners who are able to successfully progress in to health and social care related professions.

The qualification has been designed to introduce you to the health and social care sector. You will investigate health, wellbeing and social care and consider how the society we live in influences our behavior and approach to wellbeing.

These qualifications cover a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Level 1 certificate, allows learners to decide on whether a career in health and social care is right for them and then progress onto Level 2 courses in the field.

Course content

Learners complete a wide variety of subjects including:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding
  • Fundamental British values
  • Academic study skills
  • Working in Health and Social care
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work, which may take several forms e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation, and/or group work. Although there is no formal end examination, you will need to complete and achieve a minimum of a pass grade for all your assignment work to be awarded the CACHE Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings.

No specialist equipment required, although access to a computer and the internet from home would be of benefit.  A text book will be required for some subjects.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Education – Progression options – Level 2 Health and Social Care.
Employment – The course can form the foundations for future work in this industry.


How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health and Social Care: Introduction to Health and Social Care Level 1 Full-time

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