Health and Social Care
Faculty of Foundation Studies
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Foundation Studies Level 1 - BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma Ted Wragg Building 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course will help you develop the basic skills, knowledge and qualities required for further study or employment in health and social care.

You will be taught mainly in a group but you will also need to be motivated to work independently on some assignments. For your Health and Social Care course you will be assessed via assignments and practical tasks. You will need to sit tests for your Maths and English.  There will also be a weeks work experience during the summer term where you will work within the health and social care sector in order to gain hands on experience of the different roles and responsibilities.

What topics will I study?

The areas of study will be directly relevant to health and social care and will help to improve your knowledge and understanding of the needs of different people in care. The units include:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic
  • Finding Out About Health and Social Care Services
  • Communication Skills for Health and Social Care
  • Making Healthy Snacks when Caring for People
  • Advising Others About Healthy Lifestyles
  • Providing a Creative Activity when Caring for People
  • Visiting a Health or Social Care Setting

This course not only aims to increase your skills and knowledge but also to improve your general confidence. In addition, an important element of this course is to also improve your ability in English and Maths.

What experiences will I get?

There will be an opportunity for a week of work experience in the summer term.

What are the entry requirements?

English and Maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English Language and in Maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Two other GCSEs at Grade 2 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: An interest in gaining a job in the health and social care industry is really important.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to all the college facilities, including a student restaurant, full media suite, gym and fully equipped learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to a Level 2 course or an apprenticeship. Some students choose to study another Level 1 course or seek employment.

Are there any additional costs?

Resource fee of £35 is applicable.

This provides materials for craft and cooking activities, public transport costs and trips and visits.

What do our students think?

I decided to enrol on Level 1 Health and Social Care as I am interested in working with children or the elderly.  Doing all the different activities and the work experience were my favourite parts as they gave me lots of skills.  I am now planning to go on to Level 2 Health and Social Care."


I came to Exeter College to study Level 1 Health and Social Care as I want to work within the Youth Service where I am a volunteer at the moment and therefore need qualifications.  I have really enjoyed the different trips especially going to Exeter Magistrates Court!  My biggest achievements this year are passing my Maths and English.  I have really enjoyed my time at Exeter College so far and would recommend it as you get great tutor support."


This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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