Introduction to Health & Social Care, Early Years & Childcare

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

If you are keen to pursue a career in social care, then our BTEC Level 1 Introduction to Health & Social Care, Early Years & Childcare is the perfect course for you! This programme aims to develop learners' knowledge and awareness of the health, social care, children's care and young people's settings in Wales. Studying in the colleges dedicated classrooms and facilities, students will spend time in valuable work placements in different care settings related to their chosen field, including nurseries and care homes. 

What you will study

Topics covered include:

  • Preparation for employment
  • Child care
  • Working with children & caring for older people
  • Healthy eating
  • Creative activities
  • Human growth & development

You will also study the Welsh Baccalaureate at Foundation Level and Essential Skills Wales in Communication and Application of Number.

Note: Learners studying Childcare or Health and Social Care courses should be aware that it is a requirement of the course that all learners working with children or in a care setting have to have a full enhanced disclosure DBS check.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

Two GCSEs at grade A to D including English Language. English Language must be at grade 'D' or above and Maths preferably at a 'D' but must be A to E

Teaching and assessment

  • Continuous assessment

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.
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What our students say

I did look around colleges before deciding on where to go, but Cardiff and Vale College provided the course information that I wanted. We have done quite a lot of reports and case studies but also looked into how the human brains works, so we can understand many forms of disabilities, both mental and physical. From my time at CAVC I can say that the staff are very friendly, I’ve also made a lot of friends and just generally enjoyed my time here.

Lori Mamo
Health and Social Care Level 3 student

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East Cardiff Campus
East Cardiff Campus

Trowbridge Road,

Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ