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Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

After the course you may be able to gain voluntary work experience or in some cases paid employment in the adult care sector.

Overview of the course: 

This course is designed to stimulate interest and encourage an understanding of the skills required to work in a range of care settings with children and Young people. Learners will gain an understanding of care values and the range of job roles available in each
sector. Learners will also have the opportunity to choose and access one care sector placement for work experience.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants require a minimum of three GCSE at 2-3 grade or above plus a good reference; one from school and one from a person other than a family member are also required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the potential to act independently and safely; therefore all candidates must be interviewed, supply references and receive a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring service check.)
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


You will cover a range of topics in both mandatory and optional units some of which include, Principles and Values of the Care Sector, Equality and Inclusion, Communication, Human Growth and Development and Healthy Eating.

How is the course assessed?: 

Each unit is has specified learning outcomes. All learning outcomes must be achieved by a range of methods such as written tasks, posters, displays to gain a pass grade. You will build a portfolio of evidence that covers the criteria of the course.

Further study options after this course: 

On successful completion of the course you may progress from the level 1 qualification to Cache level 2 Certificate in an introduction to Early Years Care and Education if you choose to explore a role in childcare. Or you may choose Cache level 2 certificate in Preparing to work in Adult Social care if you are interested in working within the care sector.

Length of the course: 

1 Year - Full Time. This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (04 Dec 2020 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

To apply online for this course, please click on the 'Apply for this course' button below.
Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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