Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children and Young People

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 1
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Sept 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This course will give you an introduction into caring for children aged between birth and 5 years of age, as well as health and social care. As part of this qualification, you will also achieve the Employability Health Living Certificate.

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualifications, however a keen interest in childcare is essential. You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives, as the college will need to write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application. 

You will also be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.


Studying and learning

This qualification encourages an understanding of the knowledge and the skills needed to care for young children. The course covers children's growth, learning and development. You will also have to attend a real working environment for a minimum of 1 day in the year. You will also learn the key areas of health and social care which will help with progression into the health or childcare environment or Level 2 course.

You have to attend tutor led sessions, practical sessions, workshops and tutorials. A variety of teaching methods are implemented to offer maximum learning opportunities throughout the programme of study.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by your tutor using a range of methods. This could include a portfolio of evidence and written evidence such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

What next

Progression onto the Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Early Years Education and Care or Level 2 Clinical Health.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.



Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19+ years of age fees may apply, however help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030. Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.


What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.