Introduction to Health & Social Care, Early Years & Childcare

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

About this course

This is an introductory course designed for school leavers who wish to enter the field of health, social care or childcare. The course offers preparatory units on a variety of topics which provide insight into the key requirements of a health /social care/ childcare professional. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical and practical modules that will offer the learner an insight into the rewarding field of health and care. The learner will undertake 15 units which are assignment based. There is no exam element to the course. The student will also resit a GCSE subject alongside their main qualification.

What you will study

Areas of study include a mix of both Health & Social Care related modules and Childcare related modules. Health & Social Care modules include:

  • Partnership working
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Sensory Loss and Inclusion and Disability.

Child care modules include:

  • Introduction to Early Years
  • Physical Care of Babies and the Importance of Play.

Key units include Safeguarding, Communication and Health and Safety.

Entry requirements

2 GCSE D grades with a D in GCSE English Language or Cymraeg Gwaith and E in GCSE Maths.

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.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • 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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Career prospects & further study


Currently, there are almost 103,500 people employed within this sector in the Cardiff Capital Region, with employment numbers expected to reach 105,000 by 2027 (Lightcast 2022).

Upon completion of level 1 Introduction to Health and Social Care (Early Years and Childcare) and successful attainment of GCSE re-sit, students can potentially choose a progression pathway into either Health and Social Care at level 2 or Child Care at level 2. Both level 2 courses offer opportunity for progression into level 3 and beyond.


East Cardiff Campus
East Cardiff Campus

Trowbridge Road,

Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ